ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- At the Spuds Farm in Elkton near Hastings, fresh produced gets bagged up daily.
But twice a month, the bags are made up for senior citizens who live in poverty.
Lavon Renfroe's family farm is coordinating with the Council on Aging as well as a local organization called Pie in the Sky.
Malea Guriba leads the Pie in the Sky organization aimed at helping people who fall between the cracks.
Pie in the Sky's latest project takes fresh produce to senior citizens who have been on the Meals On Wheels waiting list.
"According to the Department of Elder Affairs, 4,100 senior citizens in St. Johns County fall below the poverty line which is $11,770 a year. Break that up by the month, that's not a lot," Guiriba said.
While Renfroe donates some of the food, he also is able to sell some of it to Pie in the Sky at a discount.
"Yes, it helps me because it spreads through the community that we're out here. We exist," Renfroe noted.
Just as soon as the bags are packed and loaded in cars, the volunteers head to a parking lot in St. Augustine.
There, more volunteers meet up with those who packed the bags, and the food is divided up. The cars drive off again... each driver with a list of senior citizens who will receive the produce.
Teri Bachus is a volunteer who delivers the food. While behind the wheel, she explained, "We are going to Minnie Power's place. She lives in a mobile home park."
She said she "loves" volunteering. "For me it makes me feel like someone's looking in on them besides just delivering food. Theyr'e not forgotten," said Bachus.
The first delivery is to a low income neighborhood, tucked away and out of sight.
Bachus knocks on Minnie Powers' door. Powers comes out with a smile.
Powers is a widow.
She looks through the bag of carrots, peppers, potatoes, broccoli and more. She beams.
Powers said she gets 80 dollars a month in food stamps, and she doesn't buy produce at the store.
"It's because I don't have the money. It's hard," she said as she shrugged her shoulders.
This program connects local farmers who grow food with local seniors who so desperately need it.
"What we're doing is bridging that gap," Guiriba said.
And it comes with a smile from a person who cares.
Currently the program delivers food to 60 people, but 20 more are expected to be added in the next few weeks.
It costs $30 to supply two bags of produce each month to a senior citizen in need. If you would like more information, click here.