Going Hungry: Senior citizens pray and eat in Homestead, West Kendall

  • The Food of Life Outreach Ministries hands out food to the needy in Homestead. From left, volunteers at the food pantry Chris Laughlin, Hattie Adams and Marquis Lawson work on sorting canned goods that go into blue bags and are then handed out to those in line. EMILY MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • The Food of Life Outreach Ministries hands out food to the needy in Homestead. People sit in the crowded waiting area inside of the food bank as they wait for their numbers to be called to receive their bags of food on Aug. 14, 2013. EMILY MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Bienvenida Hernandez waits in a line outside of the Homestead food bank with her 73-year-old mother, Orba Hernandez. EMILY MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • The Food of Life Outreach Ministries hands out food to the needy in Homestead on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. Pantry volunteer Darryl Evans, left, hands food to Orba Hernandez, 73, as her daughter, Bienvenida Hernandez, assists her. EMILY MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Wencelao Gonzalez, 78, enjoys his hot lunch at the Dr. Olga Martinez Center on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. The center, which feeds area senior citizens lunch Monday through Friday, has taken a hit to its programs after the federal sequester budget cuts. EMILY MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Wencelao Gonzalez, 78, makes his way past the lunch time crowd after finishing his hot meal at the Dr. Olga Martinez Center. EMILY MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Aleida Clinche, 66, enjoys her hot lunch at the Dr. Olga Martinez Center on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. The center, which feeds area senior citizens lunch Monday through Friday, has taken a hit to its programs after the federal sequester budget cuts. EMILY MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Maria Duque, 91, joins a group prayer of thanks before partaking in a hot lunch served on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, at the Dr. Olga Martinez Center. EMILY MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Migdalia Rodriguez, 77, left, and Marta Baez, 89, right, sit across from each other as they enjoy their hot lunch on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, along with other senior citizens at the Dr. Olga Martinez Senior Center in West Kendall. EMILY MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Dylia Garcia, 78, both a participant and a volunteer at The Dr. Olga Martinez Center in West Kendall, helps pass out hot lunches to senior citizens on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. The center has taken a hit to its programs after the federal sequester budget cuts. EMILY MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF