Senior citizens in Pitt Co. searching for ways to use food vouchers

GREENVILLE, N..C (WNCT) – Many senior citizens in Pitt County are able to receive food vouchers, but many are unable to physically use them, due to lack of transportation.

The vouchers are used at the Farmer’s Market, but many don’t have the ability to get there.

Pitt County is one of 33 in the state given these vouchers. Eligible senior citizens receive over $20 to spend on fresh food at the Farmer’s Market.

The problem is they don’t have a safe way to get there.

“There is no more funding in the budget even to transport them from here to across the street,” said Rich Zeck, executive director of the Council on Aging.

Some use alternative methods.

Freddie Spinks, who uses the vouchers, said she walks across County Home Road.

“It was a little scary you know crossing the street, but that was the only way that I had because I didn’t have a way to come back out here,” she said.

But, most can’t do that. Now, the county risks losing the vouchers.

“It’s basically if you don’t use it, you’re gonna lose it. Because there’s a waiting list of other counties who wanna get in to utilize this program,” said Zeck.

Senior citizens say that can’t happen. Greenville’s bus system isn’t able to provide the transportation.

The Council on Aging is asking for volunteers who can help bring citizens from place to place to get them the food they need.

If you’re interested in volunteering, you can contact the Council on Aging at 252-752-1717.

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