Community Care Task Force helps feed seniors

FLINT TWP. — Interim Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson said the county’s Community Care Task Force recently went into action to help seniors at Linden Place Apartments.

Swanson said the county received word that some residents of the senior living apartment complex were surviving on one meal a day so the and the Community Care Task Force started by the county March 16.

The task force involves faith-based support, labor leaders and people in the community who have assembled their own areas and circles of influence to help others throughout the county.

They went to Linden Place Apartments, a building housing tenants 62 and older, mostly low-income people, and assessed how well the residents were eating. After determining a need, the task force contacted the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan and with a couple of hours the Food Bank delivered 7,000 pounds of food to the approximately 175 residents.

“Not just dried food, but produce and milk,” said Swanson. “The night before they went to bed wondering ‘how am I going to eat?’ The sheriff’s office was there, the Flint City Chaplin was there, all our media friends were there, the MTA stepped up big time – they sent their drivers there to help deliver food.”

Swanson praised everyone involved and cited it as a success for the newly formed task force. — G.G.