KILLEEN, TX — Over 40,000 senior citizens are homeless in the United States, and that figure is expected to grow sharply.
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania expect the number to triple in size by the year 2030.
Food Care Center Executive Director Raymond Cockrell does everything he came to make sure his food bank has enough food for the increasing number of senior citizens that stop by.
"We give them a supplemental bag of groceries. It's usually 10 to 12 pounds of high protein, low sodium food," Cockrell said.
The Food Care Center in Killeen participates in Texas HOPE, or Healthy Options Program for the Elderly.
Volunteers like Dorothy Buford are among those that say helping feed those who can’t afford to feed themselves is a blessing.
“We help those that need a little. If they need some help, we help them. we help them by putting them in the wheelchair to get their food,” Dorothy said.
The Food Care Center is open to clients from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tuesdays through Friday, and 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. on the first and third Friday of the month.
The Food Care Center annex is also open on Tuesdays-Friday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., but not in the evenings.