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March 9, 2016
Programs worth walking for: Food for Seniors

Project Bread's Food for Seniors program partners with Central Boston Elders Services and Boston Senior Home Care to identify at-risk elders who are experiencing, or close to experiencing, food insecurity. Your Walk makes this possible.

After working hard for decades, many of our elderly neighbors struggle with food insecurity after retirement. Whether they're living on a fixed income or dealing with waning mobility, seniors face diminished access to reasonably priced, healthy food. Good nutrition is a key ingredient to living a long and healthy life—and when their needs aren't met, seniors are exposed to a wide range of debilitating health conditions.

Catherine Hardaway, executive director at Central Boston Elder Services, shares, "The high cost of living and managing expenses on a limited income pose significant challenges for our clients. Between the lack of affordable housing and the cost of multiple prescription drug copayments, many seniors must make difficult choices to make ends meet. When finances come up short to buy groceries, Project Bread's Food for Seniors program is an invaluable lifeline."

Project Bread's Food for Seniors program partners with Central Boston Elders Services and Boston Senior Home Care to identify at-risk elders who are experiencing, or close to experiencing, food insecurity. Project Bread trains staff to recognize the tell-tale signs of malnourishment during routine home check-ins. If it becomes clear that the client is unable to afford or access enough food, the caseworker can immediately provide them with a $30.00 emergency food voucher and assist in ordering groceries, arranging for home delivery, or contacting a family member for shopping assistance.

The program also includes key preventative measures to ensure seniors will continue to access critical resources: caseworkers are directed to assist seniors in enrolling in all the federal nutrition programs availble to them. Once enrolled in SNAP, the average benefit for a senior is over $100 per month—a number that can make a real impact in helping them afford the nutritious food they need.

Your Walk makes this possible.

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