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At a time when some seniors are being turned away at food pantries pantries, Ozarks Food Harvest will start sending 1,700 pounds of food to Ava's Senior Center.
Leaders say they have 45 slots for needy seniors who qualify.
The box of food will have things like canned fruits, vegetables and meats and cereal and cheese.
From a press release...
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— The Southwest Missouri Office on Aging (SWMOA) in Ava is the newest Ozarks Food Harvest Senior Food Box Program site, helping serve low-income Douglas County seniors with nutritious food. Ozarks Food Harvest’s Senior Food Box Program supplements the diets of low-income seniors with nutritious USDA commodity foods at 17 locations across 15 southwest Missouri counties.
Each month, Ozarks Food Harvest is able to provide 2,000 income-eligible seniors—ages 60 or older—with healthy food by working with senior centers and low-income senior housing facilities. The Office on Aging in Ava will see 60 of these boxes each month to help serve low-income seniors in Douglas County. The boxes will provide approximately 1,680 pounds of food.
Seniors interested in participating in the program can sign up at the Ava Office on Aging weekdays from 1 to 3 p.m. The senior food boxes will be distributed at the office located at 109 N.E. Second in Ava, Mo.
The food boxes provide a good source of nutrients typically lacking in the diets of low-income seniors, including items such as canned vegetables and fruits, peanut butter, beans, canned meat, cereal, milk, cheese, rice and pasta.
Annually, 24,000 boxes are assembled solely by Ozarks Food Harvest volunteers and distributed by The Food Bank.
For questions regarding the distribution of senior food boxes at SWMOA–Ava, contact Bonnie Evans at (417) 683-5712.
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