A new partnership between senior services provider DOCServices and a Vinita-based Kum & Go store will provide an extra food resource for senior clients in Ottawa, Craig, and Delaware counties.

MIAMI – Regional senior services provider DOCServices Inc. has announced a food donation partnership with a Kum & Go store in Vinita on the Will Rogers Turnpike.

“We are very thankful for this donation of food items which will be served to our clients in our three-county coverage area," said DOCServices Executive Director B.J. Mooney. "Thank you to Kum & Go for selecting DOCServices Inc. as their charity of choice”

DOCServices is a non-profit organization headquartered in Maimi that has been providing senior services to  Ottawa, Craig, and Delaware County seniors for over 36 years. They administer the Older Americans Act Program, ADvantage Program, and Meals on Wheels in all three counties along with several other programs to assist older adults.

DOCServices picks up totes of food three days per week from Kum & Go including packaged fresh fruit, breakfast sandwiches, bread, milk and much more. These items are then distributed to clients throughout the three-county region.

Kum & Go locations across the U.S. participate in similar partnerships with local organizations to reduce food waste by donating still fresh items that must be cleared from inventory shelves.

Kum & Go Sustainability Associate, Meg Kaylo, said she is very thankful for the partnership and is glad the food will get used through an organization that helps seniors.

The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma facilitated the partnership with Kum & Go in helping to select DOCServices as the donation recipient.

As the largest private hunger-relief organization in eastern Oklahoma, the Food Bank through hundreds of partner programs in 24 regional counties works to combat hunger in the state.

According to the most recent statistics compiled by Feed America, one in 10 Oklahoma senior citizens struggles with hunger and among the counties served by DOCServices, the percentage of seniors living in poverty is 11.6 percent in Ottawa County, 13.7 percent in Craig County, and 7.8 percent in Delaware County.

Accessing DOCServices Programs

All DOCServices programs are needs based and have different qualifying requirements such as age, income, and physical capacity. Documentation and assessments are often needed, but the agency's website and staff are available to help guide seniors to the services that best suit them.

To access the DOCServices Aging Services online resource list visit http://www.docservices.org/senior-services.

To arrange a consultation with a DOCServices outreach worker or for a resource referral call 918-542-6671.

Dorothy Ballard is the managing news Editor of the Miami News-Record. Email her at dballard@miaminewsrecord.com and follow her on Twitter @dm_ballard.