The East Texas Food Bank received a $5,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to sustain the Senior Servings Program.
The collaborative program is designed to close the weekend hunger gap by providing additional weekend food assistance to low-income senior citizens. Participants receive a bag of nutritious, easy-to-prepare foods like soup, stews, crackers, fruit, cereal and juice each Friday. The East Texas Food Bank currently serves approximately 225 seniors through the Senior Servings Program.
“Unfortunately, many seniors in our community are forced to choose between paying bills and buying groceries or medicines,” said Gregg Davis, senior vice president of Wealth Management, with Merrill Lynch. “Helping underserved individuals and families connect to programs and services that address critical needs are key areas of focus for Bank of America. That is why we’re pleased to partner with the East Texas Food Bank, which has a deep understanding of local needs and the distribution channels to deliver resources where they’re needed most.”
The gift from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation will help provide 1,250 weekend bags of nutritious food — enough for approximately 24 seniors to participate in the program for a year.
“The East Texas Food Bank is truly grateful to Bank of America for their generous support of our Senior Servings Program,” said Dennis Cullinane, executive director of the East Texas Food Bank. “There is no program like Senior Servings that identifies and directs relief to those home bound seniors with the greatest need.”