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Senior citizens prepared for cold weather

Friday, February 4, 2011 - 3:09pm

The Caddo Council on Aging and the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana teamed up to make sure that senior citizens in the parish keep safe during these cold nights.

Many area senior citizens are now prepared if the winter weather causes electricity to go out during these next couple of days.  The Food Bank provided nearly 1000 boxes each filled with 12 days of meals for each senior citizen.

Each meal package includes a main meal like spaghetti and meat sauce or meat loaf along with a side including mashed potatoes.  The packages also include breakfast foods like crackers and jelly.  The meals are all ready-made and can be kept at room temperature.

Spokesperson for the Food Bank, Amie Roberts, told us that the meals can be heated without a microwave or oven.  "It actually has it's own heating pack inside it," she said.  "It's what the soldiers use out in the field.  It's you take the heating pack and heat your food up."

The Caddo Council on Aging still wants to stress to seniors and the community to look out for one another.  "If you have a senior and you're living next door to them, you need to check on them," said Mary Alice Rountree, Executive Director of the Caddo Council on Aging.  "Make sure they have something warm.  Make sure they have something to eat, and make sure they're safe."

With cold weather and precipitation forecasted through the end of the week, the area could see power outages like earlier this week.  But these ready-to-eat meals for the seniors will help them to weather this winter storm.

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