WILMINGTON — A grant awarded to a local food bank will help in its outreach to supply nutrition for seniors in the area.
Last week, Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard announced in a release it received a $15,000 grant from the Catherine Kennedy Home Foundation. The money will allow for “continuing services and food costs for senior clients in 2022,” the release stated.
The Catherine Kennedy Home Foundation focuses on providing ongoing services to the aging population of North Carolina. It was founded in 2000, its name based upon the largest retirement home in the nation.
“We thank the The Catherine Kennedy Home Foundation for helping us feed our seniors,” Roxann Lansdowne, executive director and chair of the board of Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, said in the release.
According to Lansdowne, 63% of Mother Hubbard’s clients are seniors looking to procure foods to help with dietary needs, such as diabetes. In 2021, Mother Hubbard provided food to 35,000 individuals, with senior clients making up 29%.
“As the price of food continues to rise, so do our number of clients,” Lansdowne continued.
The all-volunteer, non-faith-based organization has served the Cape Fear area since 1985. It aims to mitigate hunger in the area through distribution of emergency food. Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard is located at 315 Red Cross St. and works with federal and state agencies, community organizations and businesses — “without discrimination and with care to preserve the dignity of the individuals being served.”
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