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AARP West Virginia, April 16, 2010
AARP and the AARP Foundation urge older West Virginians, and those who care for them, to take advantage of the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit (formerly known as the Food Stamp Program).
The program can help put food on the table during tough economic times, according to Gaylene Miller, state director for AARP West Virginia. She said, “Helping people with limited incomes enroll in available benefits programs allows them to remain healthier and improves the quality of their lives.”
According to the USDA, in West Virginia only half of those who are eligible take advantage of the benefit; nationally, only about 34 percent of eligible older Americans participate.
“Today in West Virginia, thousands people over age 65 are living in poverty,” said Scott Adkins, program manager with the AARP Foundation. “Many have to choose between going to the grocery store and paying their bills—this isn’t a choice anyone should have to make. AARP and the AARP Foundation can help make ends meet using the Benefits QuickLINK program.”
Miller said to get started that older West Virginians, and those who care, for them should call 1-800-799-4638 or visit AARP’s Benefits QuickLINK.
AARP’s Benefits QuickLINK site is a one-stop resource to:
Adkins said that people who are 60 and older may qualify for food assistance if:
Participants get a special debit card to use at most grocery stores, certain senior centers, farmer’s markets and meal delivery services, according to Adkins. He said the card is used just like a credit card and the cost of groceries is deducted from the account balance. New benefits are added automatically every month.
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