Darren Doyle, story and photos
Edmonson County Senior Pantry workers added even more inventory to their storage facility today as Edmonson County Animal Control Officer Eric Roscoe dropped off hundreds of pounds of dog food to be distributed among needy seniors that have pet needs, too.
The pet food was donated to Animal Control and Officer Roscoe donated to the local pantry. Dozens of cases of detergent were also donated to the pantry.
Pantry coordinator Vickie Walker said it was a pleasant surprise.
"We normally don't get items like pet food and detergent, so when we do, we try to take advantage of it by distributing it to seniors," she said.
Officer Roscoe dropped off the donation during the monthly senior commodity giveaway held at the Senior Center's storage facility, next to the Parks and Rec office.
"This helps so many of our needy seniors," said Walker. "Most of them draw $700 a month or less, so they really appreciate it."
Several volunteers were on hand distributing goods and carrying items to seniors' vehicles. In addition to Animal Control and the DAV, others were Job Corps members, non-violent crime inmates, Priority One Medical Supplies, and Community Action of Southern KY.
Marlene Webb with CASOKY Senior Center said that they offer many programs and benefits to seniors, of which many are not aware.
"To qualify for senior center benefits, your income doesn't matter," she said. "You just have to be 60 years old or older. We offer so many helpful programs like a diabetes class and other things like help with your living will. We're here to help all seniors."
She also said that the Community Action Senior Center will have a booth at the upcoming Spring Fling Health Fair at the EC Public Library for the purpose of helping and educating seniors.
"If you have a senior in your family that you believe can benefit from any of our programs, please contact us," she said.
The Community Action of Southern KY's Senior Center Program can be reached by calling 270-597-3116 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Senior Food Pantry is coordinated and managed by Vickie Walker and Ann Bullock. Vickie can be reached at 270-779-1203.