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INCOG creates program giving North Tulsa elderly and disabled free rides to grocery stores

Posted at 5:25 PM, Jun 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-20 18:25:39-04

TULSA, Okla. — Getting to the grocery store isn't always easy for seniors living in North Tulsa.

Margie Esteb tells 2 Works for You she was relieved after hearing about Creating Access to Nutrition, or the CAN Ride program.

"I'd have to pay somebody five dollars or whatever and I don't have the money for that anymore. Then if I ride the bus it takes me... woah, it's too much for me. Because I am 69," she said.

The Indian Nations Council of Government started the program for those above 60 and adults living with disabilities in this neighborhood. They sought out grant funding after learning many people only accessed nutrition when a ride was free.

"Which could be a week or two. Their food may be running low and they don't really have a way to get to the grocery stores or they're eating shelf-stable, perishable food that they might be able to pick up at a local convenience store so it's not the healthiest options," Regan McManus said.

INCOG is hoping for 150 riders by the end of this summer to secure funding. Right now that number is closer to 20, but the group is hoping to expand ridership in the months ahead.

"They are already at-risk for medical issues. They're already dealing with chronic conditions so they especially need healthy foods to sustain their health," McManus said.

Those interested can just call INCOG and a driver is sent to their home within minutes at no cost.

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