Crosslines Offering Senior Food Boxes

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Crosslines is now offering more assistance to senior citizens and the assistance comes in the form of food. 

The new program is called Senior Boxes and Crosslines hopes those boxes will keep seniors who qualify from going hungry.

Program coordinator Wes Buccholz said Ozarks Food Harvest asked Crosslines if it would be interested in the senior boxes program.

“They kind of manage that program from the government for our region so they asked us if we’d be interested in doing that and we thought of it as a great opportunity to serve our clients so we jumped in,” said Buccholz.

Buccholz said the top three seniors use Crosslines assistance is because they’re on a fixed income, underemployed, or not employed at all.
 
“Often times it’s hard for a senior to get a job because of their age. People think of them as being limited in what they can do so they get few hours if they can get a job but it’s hard to get one,” Buchholz said.
 
Widow Annie Marsh said she knows first hand how crucial the extra assistance can be.
 
“Yes it’s needed. I know it’s needed. Just having that extra little bit to take you to the end of the month or whenever you can come back here,” said Annie Marsh, volunteer and recipient.
 
“It’s a pretty good sized box. It has a lot of good food in it. Canned goods, cheese, spaghetti, macaroni. A whole lot of good things in it,” Marsh said.
 
“The things inside of it are geared toward the dietary needs of someone the age over 60,” said Buchholz.
 
Each senior in a house can receive one if they qualify. Seniors qualify if they’re over 60 and the total house income is at or under 130 percent of the USDA poverty scale.
 
“We’re serving the people that actually come in here as regular clients anyway and we already have gone to some senior living facilities so we can sign them up where there at and we’re working on some volunteers to deliver those boxes,” Buchholz said.
 
“So far we’ve had seniors come in here and they’re very thankful for it. some of them are in tears when they talk about it,” said Marsh.
 
Crosslines said it has 250 boxes a month to give out and it fully anticipates to use all of those.
 
 

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