Did you know that more than 8.6 million Americans go hungry every day? There are hundreds of seniors living paycheck to paycheck without enough money to put food on the table. What’s even worse is that as the senior population continues to grow, food insecurity among adults is increasing. In 2016 alone, 8% of senior households lacked basic food. The fourth age population is doubling, so it’s getting even more severe. You may be wondering, “What can I do to help?” If you know a senior who needs help, have them reach out to the Senior SNAP Initiative. The Senior SNAP Initiative is a national program that supports community-based organizations that assist older adults in applying/enrolling in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

If the idea of SNAP seems off-putting to you here are a few benefits to change your mind:

  • SNAP improves health outcomes, especially in seniors, who are more likely to suffer from chronic illnesses.
  • For every $1 in SNAP benefits, $1.73 is generated in the local economic activity, this program stimulates the economy.
  • Every $1 billion in SNAP benefits creates 8,900 full-time jobs.

Being aware of all these options and the benefits that seniors could be eligible for is only one step in the battle against senior hunger. There are more than 5.2 million seniors who qualify for SNAP and do not participate. If you are one of those three out of five eligible seniors, reach out. The program was created for you. Do not suffer alone. If you know someone who could benefit from this program, spread the word. During these times of crisis, banding together has the power of saving someone’s life.

To apply for the SNAP program click here.

If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, call your nearest medical facility and seek care immediately. If you have an underlying condition like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or respiratory conditions, shelter in place and stay away from others or crowded areas. For the most up-to-date information about the coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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