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Carter County seniors have new option for food help

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Carter County seniors can now qualify for a monthly delivery of food staples. (KTEN) Carter County seniors can now qualify for a monthly delivery of food staples. (KTEN)

LONE GROVE, Okla. — Nearly one in 10 Oklahoma seniors in a 2016 study was found to be living below the poverty line, according the United Health Foundation.

That can mean that our older neighbors have to make sacrifices when it comes to nutrition.

The non-profit INCA-RSVP volunteer group is now expanding its Commodity Supplement Food Program to Carter County.

Low-income seniors who meet the requirements can apply to get a 30-pound box of food on the second Monday of every month  — complete with recipes. The box includes staples like milk, juice, oats, cereal, pasta, peanut butter, and canned meat and vegetables.

"It's basically something that could last you the whole month if you go by their instructions," senior center director Teri Jones said.

The food program is already established in Johnston, Pontotoc, Atoka and Marshall counties.

"A lot of people are just on Medicare and get Social Security. It's hard for some of them to make it on just that," explained Senior Center board member Lavon Smith.

INCA-RSVP distributed 36 food boxes on the first delivery day this week. 

Carter County residents who wish to take advantage of the program can pick up an application at the Lone Grove Senior Center or download it here:

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