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Food Pantries see more elderly in need
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WINDHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Two hundred thousand people in Maine are struggling with hunger, which means they are not sure where their next meal will come from.

Statistics are one thing. It is another see the need first hand.

A couple of weeks ago we tagged along with the Good Shepard Food bank's mobile delivery truck as it stopped in Windham, where a line had formed well before pick-up was scheduled to start.

Many of the people in that line were elderly.

The folks who run the food pantry say they see seniors on a regular basis who cannot afford to pay for the medications and food. The food pantry is there so that they don't have to chose which they will do without. Still, many of the seniors who could benefit most from the free food, refuse to come in to get it. They are embarrassed.

One thing the Good Shepherd Food Bank has started to bring in people who might not otherwise come, is a cooking program called ":Cooking Matters". It's a six week program that shows people how to prepared nutritious meals out of the food it regularly supplies to the pantries.

Here are the details on that program: http://www.gsfb.org/how-we-help/programs/cooking-matters-maine/

For more information about Feed Maine, visit: http://on.wcsh6.com/1mXCHk5.


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