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Senior markets providing fresh produce to struggling seniors

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

We're teaming up with the Greater Chicago Food Depository to help fight hunger all year long.

While food drives are popular during the holiday season, hunger knows no season and we can all help feed those in need in the Chicagoland area.

Seniors are most vulnerable today, contending with rising health care costs and increasing food prices.

Hundreds of thousands of older Cook County adults are at risk of hunger and food insecurity.

The food depository is trying to change that.

The Greater Chicago Food Depository operates 13 senior markets throughout Cook County. They provide fresh produce and non-perishable goods to struggling seniors.

"You have to remember with our seniors, many of them have high prescription drug cost every month. To be in a position where they have to make a choice between do I buy fresh produce or do I pay for my medication. That's not a great place to be. Having this really puts them more at ease," said Robin Tillotson, Director of the Department of Senior Services.

As food prices continue to rise, many seniors are struggling to get by on their limited fixed incomes.

"It's really a great program to supplement their meals. Sometimes there's more mouth left than money and so it helps budget wise. It helps our seniors who don't always feel like cooking or don't have access to fresh produce and vegetables. It's really good we have this so they can balance out their meals and eat healthy and even add more years to their lives," Tillotson said.

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