WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina says in the 18 counties they serve as much as 20 percent of seniors 60 and over, and disabled citizens, are food insecure.

“We are having this incredible challenge in trying to take on poverty and hunger in this community”, said James Perry, president & CEO of the Winston-Salem Urban League.

The Winston-Salem Urban League wants to get those people signed up for SNAP benefits; better known as food stamps. However, getting seniors to sign up is difficult for many reasons.

“Many times these are people who have worked their entire lives and supported themselves their entire lives”, Perry said. “All we are saying is that you’ve worked so hard, so you deserve some help, and let us give it to you.”

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