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During this summer’s White House Conference on Aging, the U-S Department of Agriculture announced the start of a new pilot program to increase low-income seniors’ access to healthy food. The USDA hopes to allow seniors to use food stamp benefits on grocery delivery programs, a service that could help low-income seniors remain at home rather than moving to an assisted-living facility.

US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said lack of transportation to grocery stores is one of the biggest reasons almost 3 million seniors struggle to access healthy foods. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can help low-income seniors afford groceries, but less than half of eligible seniors use the program.

Pilot Grove grocery store to open with community help

Oct 9, 2013

After four years without a grocery store in town, Pilot Grove has added a new multifaceted market for the community.

Twenty three investors including Laurie Beach formed a group called Pilot Grove Community Betterment. Beach contributed the land to owners Cody and Paula Tyler for the new store.

“It’s kind of like giving to your church or your cemetery,” Beach said. “You don’t really give because you want a big showing. You give because you want to keep it there and you know it’s there for you to use.”