Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma: “You Feed Hope for Seniors Like Nita”

Published in Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s “The Link”, Spring 2016

Nita, 77, has spent her whole life in Oklahoma. She enjoyed a 50-year marriage, raised two boys and a daughter and worked her way up to a management position at a local food manufacturer.

But life hasn’t been so kind to Nita in her golden years. She cared for her husband full-time until he lost his battle with cancer in 1998. She now lives alone in Norman, where she’s been dealing with her own serious health problems.

Nita has diabetes and has had a hard time controlling her blood sugar since she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. In order to keep her strength up as she undergoes treatment, she has to follow a very strict diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables. But on her limited income, those healthy items can be difficult to afford at the store.

Fortunately, the support of Watertree Health and its cardholder gives Nita a place to go for help putting food on the table.

After her husband passed away, her brother, James, invited her to come play bingo at Skyline Urban Ministry, just a few blocks from where they grew up in Oklahoma City. She loves spending time with fellow seniors through the Old Timers program and can also visit Skyline’s Food & Resource Center, which provides struggling neighbors like her with access to quality groceries.

Visiting Skyline has been just as good for Nita’s emotional health as it has for meeting her nutritional needs. Because she grew up near the ministry, she still knows a lot of people in the community, which means she has many opportunities to connect with old friends.

No one should have to face the challenges Nita is dealing with alone. Thanks to your support of the Regional Food Bank, the needs of seniors like Nita aren’t forgotten — and she’s very grateful for that. “I appreciate it,” Nita says of your support. “This is very, very helpful to me.”

The Link is published quarterly by the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, a member of Feeding America. Comments and questions can be directed to their Development Department at 405-600-3136 or 

FBROK_CARDTo get a free Prescription Discount Card benefitting the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, download, print, email, or have a card mailed to you here. Every time you save on your prescriptions, we make a donation to help provide meals for people like Nita. 

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