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Three organizations partner together to distribute food to seniors

JACKSON, Tenn. (WNBJ) - Today, three local organizations partnered together to fight hunger in the hub city.

“RIFA is about fighting hunger and today we are fighting hunger in the Centennial Pass and Rosewood Garden communities. RIFA has partnered with the Jackson Housing Authority and Falcon Ridge Farms to provide senior adults with fresh fruits and vegetable boxes,” said Shaun Powers, the Assistant Director with RIFA.

All three organizations coordinated the distribution of Community-Supported Agriculture boxes that will serve at least 100 seniors living in Jackson.

The assistant director with RIFA explains the need for the boxes.

“So, the research that we have done, and it is not hard to imagine this. Senior adults who are on a fixed income. Their income often stays the same, but when there is inflation the food prices and everything else cost significantly more and so that causes a problem,” said Powers.

Many residents were thankful to receive the boxes.

“I’m really grateful. It is a good thing, I think. I really do appreciate the help,” said Alberta Northern, a Rosewood Garden resident.

One of the residents is already planning what to cook with her produce.

“I love greens anyway. I can eat them about every Sunday, so I love them. They are really good and good for you.” said Northern.

RIFA says this program not only helps seniors but also strengthens the bond within the Jackson community.

RIFA says they will continue to distribute food boxes to seniors every other week throughout the summer.

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