Food for seniors is a community service project that delivers groceries free of charge to economically challenged seniors in Howard County.

The program has been ongoing jointly, during the school year, between Pointers Run Elementary and Clarksville Middle School since September 2006.

Around the 15th of each month, 6th-grade students, faculty, and staff at CMS bring in healthy, nutritious, non-perishable diabetic foods for seniors. Students sort and bag groceries once a month during their science classes.

Students and their parents deliver the bags of groceries directly to the seniors’ doors later that day around the third week, or the 15th, of each month. The senior residential building, about 15 minutes away was chosen because everyone in this building lives on less than $29,100 per year or as little as $9,000 per year. The transportation and physical limitations of seniors make it difficult for them to get to area food banks.

In just four years, over 4000 bags of groceries and toiletries have been delivered. New Hope’s Sharing Our Pantry ministry keeps the program going through the summers when school is not in session.

New Hope’s Sharing Our Pantry ministry has delivered almost 1400 bags of groceries to seniors during the months of June, July, and August over the past 7 years. 

Shopping List

  • 1 box of cereal (Cheerios, Corn Flakes or oatmeal)
  • 1 box of PLAIN rice or pasta – no additives or flavorings
  • 2 cans of vegetables (corn, green beans, peas, carrots, etc.)
  • 2 cans of fruit  (peaches, pear, oranges, etc)
  • 3 cans of tuna, chicken or turkey
  • 1 can of spaghetti sauce
  • 1 jar of peanut butter
  • 2 boxes of macaroni and cheese
  • 3 cans of soup (chicken, vegetable, minestrone)


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