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41% increase in seniors needing food assistance

Second Harvest says they've seen a 41% increase in the number of Northland seniors needing food assistance, compared to last spring. Second Harvest says they've seen a 41% increase in the number of Northland seniors needing food assistance, compared to last spring. |  Photo: WDIO-TV

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Created: May 19, 2021 02:46 PM

As the pandemic begins to loosen its grip, Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank has been following patterns and trends of who's utilized their services over the last year. Compared to last spring, they say there's been an increase in the number of seniors seeking food assistance, by 41%.

"Pre COVID, we weren't seeing as many seniors at our region's hunger-relief programs," shared Shaye Moris, Second Harvest's Executive Director. "Since spring of last year, the number of seniors accessing food has increased dramatically and stayed at a high level."

In an effort to ensure those seniors will stay fed, Second Harvest has launched a new campaign this week as part of Older Americans Month.

"We want seniors to know that nutritious food is available in every corner of our region," Moris shared. "We hope this campaign assists seniors who prior to now may not have sought assistance."

The new campaign also promotes the Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS). It operates in northeast Minnesota and provides a monthly supply of food to income eligible seniors. Mobile Food Pantries, food shelves, and other safety net programs are also available to help.

If you would like more information from Second Harvest and how to receive food assistance, you can send an email to info@northernlakesfoodbank.org or call (218) 727-5653. You can also visit their website.

Over the last year, Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank have ensured more than 1.3 million means for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin seniors.

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