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Senior food program expands to serve more clients

A seniors-only program where visitors get access to free healthy and high-protein meals is expanding.

A program that provides seniors with free, healthy and high-protein meals is expanding.

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program has added 2,000 more slots until June. The expansion means 9,000 seniors who live in Cameron, Hidalgo and Willacy counties will have access to foods like rice, cheese, beans and more— all for free.

Omar Rodriguez with the RGV Food Bank says they're doing everything they can to make sure low-income seniors in the Valley don't go hungry.

"We've seen a lot of times, the senior will basically budget themselves into a situation where they're not getting the best food for themselves, skipping meals, cutting pills so they can extend their prescription drugs they have," Rodriguez said. "We don't want that to happen."

To apply for the program, seniors must be over the age of 60 and will have to provide a statement showing that they make less than $1,300 a month.

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