Chair: Katie Dickinson, The Senior Source
Senior hunger is a growing problem across the country and here in Dallas. There are programs available to help seniors that are not being fully utilized. The Senior Hunger Action Team is focusing on two important programs to address senior hunger.
SNAP: Only one-third of seniors eligible for SNAP benefits (food stamps) are receiving those benefits. The Action Team’s Senior SNAP Access Task Force is working to ensure that seniors receive all the SNAP benefits for which they are eligible. The Task Force created Eating Well is a SNAP!, a fun and interactive presentation for seniors designed to assist them in eating well on a limited budget, with a focus on how the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other community nutrition resources can help them supplement their grocery budget. At each presentation, navigators are available to assist seniors in filling out a SNAP application on the spot.
If you work with a group of seniors and are interested in hosting an Eating Well is a SNAP! presentation, or if you would like to become a member of the volunteer Eating Well is a SNAP! speaker’s bureau, contact Wyonella Henderson-Greene at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, download the Eating Well is a SNAP! brochure.
Congregate Meals: The Action Team’s Congregate Meals Task Force is working to increase the utilization of congregate meal sites. There are currently 24 congregate meal sites in Dallas County. The Task Force is focusing on 5 underutilized sites in order to increase awareness and senior participation at those sites and to increase congregate meals participation in Dallas County by 5%. If you would like to assist in promoting these sites, please download and distribute the flyers for the congregate meal site nearest you.
Senior Hunger Community Assessment: The Senior Hunger Action Team is currently conducting surveys and focus groups to better understand the challenge seniors in Dallas face in accessing healthy food in order to craft additional effective strategies to reduce senior hunger. To learn more about the assessment and how you can participate, contact Maggie Amaku at email@example.com.
You can view the Action Team’s previous Senior Hunger Comprehensive Report. For a tool to help increase awareness and engage more allies on this issue, click here: Senior Hunger Action Team One-Pager.
For more information about this team, contact Wyonella Henderson-Greene at firstname.lastname@example.org.