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Number of seniors threatened by hunger has doubled since 2001, and it’s going to get worse –

PBS NewsHour, May 22, 2015
The number of seniors uncertain about food more than doubled between 2001 and 2013, and in 2013 an additional 300,000 seniors over age 60 had trouble accessing food. In Naples, Florida, charities provide temporary help, but often have waiting lists, and don’t address the underlying poverty causing food insecurity. Outreach workers from the Harry Chapin Food Bank target apartments and senior centers to help seniors apply for SNAP. Seniors can be the hardest to reach, said Al Brislain of the Food Bank, “because part of it’s pride, part of it’s that they don’t have the knowledge of the social service system, and part of it is their isolation. Check out the Mississippi Area Agencies on Aging to see how they serve the elderly and disabled population of Mississippi.

It pays to shop locally: Grant grows access to fresh food –

Press Herald, May 27, 2015
More than 30 Maine farmers’ markets will receive USDA grant money, through Wholesome Wave, over the next three years to encourage SNAP recipients to buy more fruits and vegetables. Between 2009 and 2013, the number of farmers’ markets in the state that accept EBT cards grew from two to 27, and now at least 41 out of the 150 markets in the state accept SNAP.

Check out the MFPC resources page for Food Assistance Programs and Mississippi Farmers Markets Report Advocacy Guide on SNAP / EBT.

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