Solution: Home Health Care
The Food for Seniors program provides immediate hunger relief through food vouchers to homebound elders, and helps assure continuous nutrition by helping them to enroll in SNAP/food stamps. It builds on Project Bread’s considerable experience in reaching elders who are hungry by establishing partnerships with local organizations that together serve 7,000 homebound seniors in all neighborhoods of Boston.
This work is vital in the current economy, which places significant pressures on older people who are struggling on fixed incomes to pay for food and fuel, turning down their thermostats and eating less, putting themselves at increased health risk. Forty-eight percent of the seniors in the program reported Social Security as their sole income.
Since December 2008, 596 seniors have received food vouchers; over 60 percent of those screened were eligible for SNAP food stamps, but were not yet enrolled. They received help accessing SNAP, as well as information on how to access Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline.