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      Amarillo businesses fight senior citizen hunger

      Amarillo Businesses came together during the weekend to provide nutritious food to senior citizens in the Tri-State area.

      Hunger is a troubling issue that affects millions across the globe. Texas ranks among the worst in the nation when it comes to senior citizen hunger.

      The InterFaith Hunger Project provides several services in the community including one for the elderly. Many seniors in the Tri-State area are facing hunger and one in seven seniors are at risk of every day.

      To help ensure the elderly have food Amarillo Silver Magazine teamed up with Servpro and Buzzula Furniture for the third annual InterFaith Hunger Food Drive.

      "The elderly seem to be the forgotten population," Silver Magazine representative, Camey Maldonado said. "The only thing that's happened is that they aged and they are going hungry because they are on a fixed income and there's not really anything we can do, each year prices go up, their income stays the same so they are having to decide between eating or paying their rent or buying medication."

      The InterFaith Hunger Project serves more than 500 people within the community and nearly 100 of them require home delivery. Programs like these thrive on the community??s contribution. Officials said there is always more that can be done.

      "When we have people right here in our area that are going hungry, that are malnutritioned...this isn't just because we have one raising event each year for food," Buzula Furniture??s Buster Foster said. "This is an everyday affair. We would love, we would ask, we would beg people in the Tri-State area, right here at home to call and get involved."

      Although the community has done their part in assisting these efforts, in order to continue this cause, participants are calling for your help.

      "When we have people right here in our area that are going hungry, that are malnutritioned...this isn't just because we have one raising event each year for food, this is an everyday affair. we would love, we would ask, we would beg people in the Tri-State area, right here at home to call and get involved," said Foster.

      InterFaith Hunger Project is located in the Guyon Saunder??s Resource Center on Tyler Street and welcomes donations at any time. Click here more information.