Thursday, May 26, 2011

Day 4: Food Security

In honor of Older Americans’ Month, Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW) is hosting a week-long blogging event to acknowledge how federal income supports build economic security for elders. Select experts from national organizations will author blog posts on the policies that allow elders to close the income gap. WOW will facilitate an online dialogue allowing advocates, service providers, elders, family caregivers and others to learn about the federal programs that build elder economic security and, more importantly, to take action. Each day will focus on a particular aspect of an elder’s budget.

Make your voice heard by taking part in WOW’s blogging event:

• Read and comment on blog posts featured on the National Elder Economic Security Initiative blog.
• Share the blog posts via Facebook, Twitter and e-mail
Sign and send WOW’s statement of principles for elder economic security.

Let Congress know that you support federal funding to support elders ability to age in place with dignity. We need your voice to protect all things that build economic security for elders.

THURSDAY: On Food Security, featuring...
WEDNESDAY: On Health Care and Long-Term Care, featuring…
TUESDAY: On Housing, featuring…
MONDAY: On Income Security, featuring...

    1 comment:

    kevin said...

    To comment on the article: "Help Someone Get Food with SNAP." I think that the SNAP Program is great, but I think I can understand why a lot of people are discouraged about using it. As a case worker in Chicago, I have worked with clients who will sit waiting in their Public Aid offices for three+ hours and then be told that they have insufficient documentation for their SNAP Case-- the client will then go back later in the week with the forms they need, wait another couple of hours, and then after all of this, they might only receive $16/month. I think that $16/month is great, and it certainly is going to help out somewhat, but I definitely feel that something in the system needs to get changed where people don't feel discouraged by their Public Aid offices during the application process.

    I also do agree with the sentiment that many people also refuse to take advantage of the program because they are too proud or would feel embarrassed about using SNAP, despite the SNAP being now on a LINK Card and looking more like a debit card. I feel that this is kind of sad because if people are going hungry, they should be able to put their pride aside and accept the help if they need it, but it's hard to make someone do something that they don't want to do.

    I just wanted to give a bit of my experience in working in the field and being familiar with the process of applying for SNAP and share about how difficult and discouraging that it really can be for some. I think that this is a key reason why some seniors refuse to try to apply for these benefits.