Did you know that in Utah, one in seven people are at risk of missing a meal today, and one is six seniors in the state faces hunger? Yet sixty percent of seniors eligible for food stamps are not receiving benefits. This may be because many who are hungry do not have information about where to go for help, how to apply for benefits, or what they need to do to receive assistance.
Home-bound residents often depend on delivery of their meals while recovering from an accident or an illness. Here's the story of District resident Tom Quinn who was discharged from the hospital for a hip and ankle fracture. He found it hard to get around and could not maneuver the steps to his apartment. He’s making it work with “Home-Delivered Meals,” a program offered by the D.C. Office on Aging. Tom feels good about people doing something for everyone. He calls it charitable motivation.
“I have faith and I am happy,” says Bernice Bowman. Every morning her caretaker helps with her bath and meal preparation. Once a month through the District’s Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) they purchase basic food products like cheese, juices, cereal, canned vegetables, applesauce and other items. Bernice is willing to help others, too. “You never know who will come to you and need something to eat,” she says.
Mary says that “volunteer” is her middle name. “I’m a volunteer talk-show host and an advocate for a healthcare program in the District of Columbia and I’m a senior citizen.” She’s also retired and lives on a fixed income. When she was in her mid 60s she connected with a SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps) and it made a big difference in her life. Mary worked with a DC agency that helped her sign up for Social Security and qualify for SNAP.
It is a Monday afternoon, and my telephone rings. It is a woman, Mary, who wants to know more about SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). She takes care of her sister, Rose, who has dementia and is having trouble making ends meet. She has heard about AARP’s SNAP application service and wants to know if she is eligible. I ask her a couple of short questions, and am able to tell her that based on the information she has given me, she is likely eligible. I hear a sigh of relief, and after a thank you, she confirms that she will come to the appointment.
In cooperation with Project Bread and the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, AARP is helping low-income older people stretch their food budgets by applying for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly known as food stamps.
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