Agency Plans to Expand Food Program

By: Ashley Reynolds Email
By: Ashley Reynolds Email

Officials say they are a generation in need and say they are *not* asking for help.

A growing number of seniors in the region are having trouble making ends meet in today's economy.

Now, one group is taking action, creating a new program in Bell County to feed the elderly.

The Cooperative Christian Ministry, or CCM in Middlesboro, is going to start assisting seniors with its food pantry.

A new home means setting a solid foundation.

"I'm 81 and I'm not going to be here too long but it is security for my family," said Roland York.

York and his wife just bought a brand new home thanks to the many programs the Bell-Whitley Community Action Agency offers.
York says it's hard for his generation to ask for help.

"They got a lot of pride... I didn't want to ask," said York.

"Anyone that feels like they qualify for this program please come in and talk with us," said Pat Stanley with CCM.

CCM leaders in Middlesboro are expanding their food pantry.

Starting this week, seniors in the area can apply for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program.

Each box has about 30 pounds of food in it. It has basic items like noodles, vegetables, and fruit.
"It would mean you could pay a few more bills. it would mean a great deal," said York.

York plans to register for the free program and hopes his fellow seniors in need, will too.

"I think they should put their pride aside and get what they can and what they need," said York.

CCM officials will start to register folks on Wednesday.

To find out how to contact CCM and Bell-Whitley leaders just head over to Ashley's Extras.

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