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Community - September 19, 2012

Second Harvest helps seniors

A survey released by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research suggests that almost half of the senior citizens living in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties have trouble affording basic necessities such as food, according to Second Harvest Food Bank.

"Older adults have been hurt by the economy, and in many cases, so have the people they rely on for help," said Kathy Jackson, Second Harvest CEO. "These seniors are living on a fixed income in an area where the cost of living is extremely high. Many in their generation are simply too proud to ask for help and don't want to burden their children or others in their support network who may also be struggling due to the recent recession. We want to make sure local seniors get the nutritious food they need to stay healthy."

The food bank serves more than 20,000 seniors each month by providing groceries to adults older than 60 (and those over 55 years old who have disabilities) through its "Brown Bag" program and other initiatives. Seniors can find the program at the Menlo Park Senior Center at 110 Terminal Ave.

Go to or call 800-984-3663 to learn more.


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