Eager to serve his country, Tim Moore joined the Army National Guard in 2004. After a deployment to Iraq, he returned home injured, in pain and battling PTSD. Reintegrating into his old life wasn’t easy and things took a turn for the worse for Moore.

“An outreach worker found me under a park bench,” Tim said. “I didn’t want to go with him. I didn’t think I needed help. But I was hungry. Hunger can humble and motivate you.” 

After spending time in a treatment facility, Tim found an apartment at Veterans & Community Housing, an alcohol-free, drug-free housing environment located on the Minneapolis VA Health Care System campus, where he began participating in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program. The program delivers a box of healthy food each month to eligible low-income seniors 60 years and over through the Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors. 

“The food that’s delivered is good and nutritious, Tim said. “For those of us who have mobility issues, we don’t have to worry about how we’re going to get to the store. Everyone who participates in it says the same thing: it really helps.”