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 is piloting a collaborative marketing and intake initiative to increase senior SNAP participation in the the 75228 zip code. The objective is to increase senior SNAP participation in zip code 75228 by 25%.
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.
To learn more about senior hunger and the plans of the Senior Hunger Action Team, view the Senior Hunger Action Team 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.