- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

KENNER, La. (AP) - A $240,000 donation from Peoples Health will ensure that 1,200 Jefferson Parish senior citizens and disabled residents will receive a meal daily.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports (https://bit.ly/1WiWnS6 ) the company made its contribution to the Meals on Wheels program Wednesday during the Parish Council meeting.

Peoples Health spokesman Tom Gennaro says Louisiana is one of nine Southern states with the highest rate of “food insecurity.” He says research shows seniors struggling with hunger, lack of food and nutrition are at increased risk for numerous chronic health conditions.

In 2013, Peoples donated $220,000 to the meals program after the Jefferson Council on Aging said it would have to cut services to 200 people to cope with the rising cost of food.

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This story has been corrected to fix the company’s name.

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, https://www.nola.com

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