Poverty, immobility, raising grandchildren leave almost 1 in 5 elderly Arkansans without enough to eat

Posted: November 19, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

Michelle Gilbert, outreach and marketing officer for CareLink, hands a meal to Rosemary Meritt, 82, Oct. 26. Meritt has been receiving Meals on Wheels for about a year.

Judy Joyner thought when she reached her golden years, she would be on a beach somewhere, soaking up the sun with her husband by her side.

Meals on Wheels trays usually include a carton of milk and a roll. Michelle Gilbert, outreach and marketing officer for CareLink, prepares to deliver ...

Chicken soup boils in a vat at the CareLink facility in North Little Rock. The facility serves 1,200 meals per day, although it is equipped to make 2,...

Judy Joyner, 66, stands in the dining room of her Pine Bluff home.

Charts showing information about grandparents raising grandchildren.

Arkansas seniors experiencing food insecurity

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