Food Assistance Inc. celebrates 10 years of helping seniors
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GREENSBORO -- A non-profit dedicated to feeding the hungry said more than 19 percent of older adults in Guilford County live in poverty and many don't have family in the area to help them out.
But that's where food assistance inc is stepping in, providing and delivering free groceries.
“I noticed 10 years ago that the seniors were having a very difficult time because they could not get to the pantry to get assistance even if they needed it. It was just a little too difficult with their age and disabilities and no transportation,” Food Assistance Inc. Executive Director Jane Carlson said.
It's something they've been doing for the last 10 years. They're helping people like Naomi Ritter. She's relied on the free groceries for the last two years.
“This food is a big help to us, if it wasn't for this food I don't know what we would do because what little food stamps we get, it don't last,” Naomi Ritter said.
But Carlson said giving that help is more of challenge than ever before. The need is on the rise in Guilford County and donations are down.
“It's getting more and more difficult to get the food we actually need for the people we are already serving because once they come on the program we try to assist them once a month with some food,” Carlson said.
But still the group has managed to be there every month with groceries. And organizers say that wouldn't be possible without their volunteers.
“To know that I am making a difference in this area, that I am helping out the elderly who are in some dire need of some food,” Volunteer Kenneth Laird said.
And when it comes to the next ten years, Carlson says she has a simple wish.
“I would say I'd like to see it disappear, that people wouldn't need assistance but I don't think that's going to be the case so, we hope to have another 10 years, even better,” Carlson said.