Many older West Virginians struggle with hunger, yet may not realize they are eligible for help with grocery costs. With a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Walmart Foundation, AARP is working with Catholic Charities West Virginia (CCWVa) to identify people who are eligible for benefits from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Those who visit CCWVa or call its toll-free number can receive confidential screening for eligibility, as well as help with filling out the application form.
About 1 in 8 West Virginians ages 50-59 don’t always know where their next meal is coming from, a 2015 AARP Foundation report shows. And according to the nonprofit Food Research and Action Center, more than 110,000 households in the Mountain State are not always able to put enough food on the table.
For help, call CCWVa at 844-292-3217 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or go to CatholicCharitiesWV.org.