New numbers released this week showed food costs jumped 2.7 percent in April, the highest jump in more than three years. On top of that, Georgia has the sixth highest rate of senior citizen hunger in the country. A local nonprofit hopes to change that, and they need your help.
Senior Connections, headquartered in DeKalb County, distributes up to 3,000 free meals to homebound senior citizens daily.
Many of their clients, selected on income and physical ability, would not eat regularly if it weren't for the service.
"I don't have enough money to buy my groceries and so on," explained Judith Seaman, as food was dropped off to her.
However, there are still dozens of seniors on a waiting list due to a lack of volunteers and funding.
Senior Connections is a finalist for a meal grant. The top 40 winners, chosen based on Facebook votes, will receive big bucks.
"This grant will provide $25,000 which equals about 4,100 meals," explained Grant Yarbrough, the grants manager for Senior Connections.
Voting ends at midnight Friday. You can vote up to 10 times per day. To vote, head to cbs46.com and click on weblinks.
Copyright 2014 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
31 people are in trouble with the law after a three day prostitution sting in Richmond. Police told NBC12 they targeted specific areas where residents and business owners complained about the illegal activity.More >
Friday, August 22 2014 6:09 PM EDT2014-08-22 22:09:46 GMT
Leaders at the Ellijay Wildlife Sanctuary fear they will have to close early next year if they do not see a significant jump in donations, on which they rely heavily to maintain daily operations. The sanctuaryMore >
Leaders at the Ellijay Wildlife Sanctuary fear they will have to close early next year if they do not see a significant jump in donations, on which they rely heavily to maintain daily operations.More >