Many Alabama Seniors on Waiting Lists to Eat

By: Muriel Bailey Email
By: Muriel Bailey Email

Waiting lists are everywhere but it seems many seniors across the nation are waiting to eat.

"We're constantly losing meals that we can serve to our seniors yet the need is growing," said Melinda Glover with SARCOA.

According to the Senior Hunger Report Card, Alabama ranks sixth among states with the highest rates of seniors facing the threat of hunger.

"Maybe they just don't have the ability to get up and cook a nutritious hot meal for themselves or they don't have the ability to go grocery shopping every week," said Glover.

You can call, 90-year-old Jenny Motta, one of the lucky ones.

"I come about 2-3 times a week," explained Motta.

Motta receives meals at the Taylor Senior Center.
She says the center provides more than just food.

"Although I like to cook, I'd rather have the meals here because it's easier, said Motta, and not only that I'm with people I like and people my age and you don't want to eat alone anyway you'd rather be with people."

At the Taylor Senior Center, the group serves meals to 41 people Monday through Friday and another 26 meals go to those who are homebound.

"I have a lot of seniors that tell me, it's just really hard to cook one meal," added Glover.

It's the same for Clarence Hidle and his wife, who eat at the center every Tuesday.

"We don't have to cook at home and we don't have to worry about that, we can come here and we can eat," said Hidle.

And from the way it looks, seniors might soon call that a luxury.

According to the report, Mississippi ranks number one with 21.5% of it's senior population facing the threat of hunger.

To find out how other states rank, click the "4 More Info" tab.

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