Riedel Foundation awards $33,455 grant to feed Hannibal senior citizens in need

Hannibal Nutrition

Riedel Foundation trustee Bill Craigmiles, left, presents a check to Hannibal Nutrition Center executive director Margee Tucker at its recent Christmas dinner. | Photo courtesy of The Riedel Foundation

HANNIBAL, Mo. — The Riedel Foundation recently awarded a grant of $33,455 to the Hannibal Nutrition Center to supplement rising food costs for the Meals on Wheels and in-house meal program for senior citizens.

In a press release, HNC executive director Margee Tucker said, “A significant number of seniors in the Hannibal area are suffering from some level of food insecurity. Seniors are trying to choose between paying for medication, rent, heat and food. Our program tries to make sure no senior goes hungry.”

The Nutrition Center has seen food costs rise by about $10,000 a month in 2022. The Riedel grant will
help absorb some of these expenditures.

“George Riedel was a big supporter of the Nutrition Center in his lifetime,” Riedel trustee Bill Craigmiles said. “This is a cause he believed in, and it’s a program the Riedel Foundation has supported for over 20 years.”

“We appreciate the many ways that the Riedel Foundation has supported our program and the senior
citizens of Hannibal,” Tucker said. “They’ve pulled through for us many times when we’ve most needed

The Hannibal Nutrition Center does not charge for a meal but only asks for donations. It does not turn
anyone away based on their inability to pay. Though the program is subsidized by the government, the
majority of its income is supplied by donations.

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