Many Americans on PAAD don’t know they are eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps).
In this tough economy, Americans are facing the most severe financial hardships since the Great Depression. Many families are struggling to put food on the table in addition to paying for their medications, rent and other necessary expenses. Sadly, many families in New Jersey are eligible for benefits but don’t know about the programs that are available to them. For example, they may not know that they are eligible for help paying for food each month through SNAP.
About two-thirds of New Jerseyans age 60+ that are eligible for SNAP are not enrolled to receive those benefits.
New Jerseyans who are enrolled in PAAD for pharmaceutical assistance may be eligible for SNAP benefits. Yet many don’t know that they could be receiving help paying for food through SNAP.
The State of New Jersey is the 5th worst state to deliver SNAP benefits to residents who fall under the 125% poverty line. That means that New Jerseyans are going hungry because they aren’t getting the benefits and services for which they are eligible.
AARP is working hard to prevent Americans from going hungry. Sometimes we reach out to AARP members to ask if they are willing to share their own personal experiences that will help us raise awareness about our campaigns.
If you are on PAAD and are struggling to put food on the table, please consider sharing your story with AARP New Jersey. Your voice will help us make a difference.
Tell us – Are you struggling to make ends meet while on a limited income? Are you worried about putting food on the table and feeding your family? Have you tried to enroll in SNAP to receive assistance and were you successful or did you experience difficulty?
AARP New Jersey is looking for compelling stories to demonstrate to the State of New Jersey that changes must be made to improve the lives of older Americans. Please share your story and contact information by reaching us at firstname.lastname@example.org or via 609-452-3925.
AARP New Jersey will collect these stories to demonstrate the need for reform.*
We simply cannot allow seniors and other vulnerable populations to suffer because they are unaware of their SNAP eligibility and have trouble using the SNAP application system. The State of New Jersey can do much more to improve enrollment and stop Garden State residents from going hungry.
*AARP New Jersey may contact you for more information and for permission to use your story.