Hundreds of senior citizens flocked to Town and Country Park on Thursday morning for the second week of the Madera Food Bank’s Senior Nutrition and Produce Program (SNAPP), where 20 volunteers handed out everything from artichokes to snap peas with smiles and warm tidings.
The seniors, at least 100 of whom lined up hours before the official start time of 7 a.m., come out in droves each week — many armed with their own boxes, carts, and bags — to pay $2 for anywhere from 10 to 30 pounds of food, depending on what is available.
Thursday’s “menu” for the grateful 55-and-up crowd included Brussels sprouts, salad mix, artichokes, spinach, pita bread, red-leaf lettuce, snap peas, and broccoli.
“I love it,” said Rosemary Dockery, 67, near the front of the line. “The food is really good, and when everyone’s out here it’s like a community activity. It’s a lot of fun.” ...