America’s Grandparents are Hidden Victims of Hunger Crisis
Millions of seniors across America are threatened with food insecurity
By Matthew Fleischer
March 11, 2013
Seven years ago, Eddie Cantrell was a recent retiree with time on his hands. Looking for a way to pass the days and give back to his local community, he helped start a food bank for seniors in his tiny, bedroom retirement community of Dibble in the Oklahoma countryside.
He had no idea what he was in for.
“When we first started this thing seven years ago we figured it would be 15 to 20 little old ladies,” Cantrell tells TakePart. “It’s grown to 150 people. It kind of blew up on us. We’re all volunteers. It’s a lot to handle. But how do you walk away? I can’t.”
Not with the kind of need Cantrell has witnessed. He estimates nearly half the seniors in his town are low income and in desperate need of assistance.
“We’re a bunch of old people, trying to take care of ourselves and each other as best as we can,” he says.