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09/13/2019

Department of Aging Distributes Food Boxes to Seniors for Hunger Action Month

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Department of Aging Secretary Robert Torres visited Morrison Tower in Harrisburg with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank to distribute food boxes to seniors for Hunger Action Month, in addition to Fresh Express options that include short shelf-life foods like fresh produce and dairy products. Morrison Tower is approved by the Department of Housing and Urban Development as an elderly-only housing option.

"We are proud to work closely with Pennsylvania's Department of Aging and Department of Agriculture to bring healthy Commodity Supplemental Food Program boxes, fresh produce, and other healthy foods to residents in need at Morrison Tower," said Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Executive Director Joe Arthur. "We are also thankful to have Secretary Torres and his team join us today to serve the residents and to demonstrate how we all work together in the Governor's Food Security Partnership to help food-insecure Pennsylvanians every day."

Secretary Torres worked with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and Morrison Tower staff to organize and distribute Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) and ElderShare food boxes to residents, all while dressed in orange in honor of Hunger Action Month.

"Lower-income seniors shouldn't have to worry about getting the nutrition they need, or choosing cheaper, unhealthier foods because it seems like the only option," said Sec. Torres. "The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank's senior programs don't just give seniors access to nutritional options but provide a convenience in bringing those options right to them, like we are doing today."

September is Hunger Action Month, where people are encouraged to spread the word about America's hunger crisis and work with the nationwide network of food banks to fight hunger. The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank has 190 partners throughout the commonwealth, with 27 participating counties, and two food box programs that provide monthly, nutritious food to low-income seniors, in addition to the Fresh Express program, which provides short shelf-life products.

Learn more about the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank's senior programs here.

Learn more about the Pennsylvania Department of Aging here.

MEDIA CONTACT: Rachel Wrigley, 717-585-4435

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