More than 1,700 frozen meals were given out free to senior citizens Monday, April 19, in Deerwood, as part of a program to help seniors eat more healthy and nutritious food.

Partially funded under a contract with the Central Minnesota Council on Aging as part of the Older Americans Act, the program is administered by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud.

The food distribution is usually located at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center but recent road construction in Crosby has made it difficult for motorists to travel there.

The meals are for anyone who is 60 years old and above with no income guidelines. The food comes in pre-packed bags of 10 meals and each recipient can receive up to 30 meals a month. Next month's distribution will be at the Deerwood Auditorium at 11 a.m. May 17.