While many families are busy planning for festive meals this holiday season, thousands of older adults are faced with the challenge of simply putting food on the table. That’s why AARP Connecticut and the AARP Foundation have joined forces with local organizations in our state, including End Hunger CT!, Foodshare, the Connecticut Association for Human Services, and the Hispanic Health Council, to raise awareness of the issue of hunger and help connect seniors and others to available food assistance.
You Can Help
In Connecticut, only 34% of eligible older adults receive food assistance—leaving millions of dollars in federal aid untouched. The most common reason people do not receive assistance is that they don’t realize they may be eligible.
If you or someone you know is living on a fixed income and could use help making ends meet each month, they may qualify for SNAP, the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP currently provides benefits to over 350,000 Connecticut residents and the average monthly benefit for seniors is about $134. There is no asset limit to qualify for SNAP and once enrolled, benefits are automatically loaded on a debit-style card which is accepted at most grocery stores.
Call toll-free 1-866-974-SNAP (7627), to find out more about SNAP or to help someone get enrolled.
There are a number of other ways that you can help alleviate hunger among older adults this holiday season. Check out our Fight Hunger Campaign on Create the Good and:
- Volunteer with a local food organization
- Organize a food drive
- Find other easy, time-flexible ways to make a difference
No one should have to go hungry, especially during the holidays. Please join us and help someone get the food they need for good health.