Over 20% of the people served by the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana are senior citizens. Seniors living on fixed incomes often have to choose between covering the cost of life-saving medications and buying the food they need to stay healthy. While the Food Bank can help by providing extra groceries through our Senior Program and our partner agencies, most low income seniors need additional support. The Supplemental Food Assistance Program, or SNAP, is the nation’s cornerstone nutrition program, providing more than 4 million older adults age 60 and older with monthly food assistance. Unfortunately, seniors are significantly under-enrolled in the program. Last year, SNAP reached only 42% of eligible seniors nationally, and in Louisiana just 38% of those eligible are enrolled.
To solve senior hunger we must make sure that seniors who need additional food assistance are able to enroll in SNAP. Let your members of Congress know that SNAP is critical in the fight to solve senior hunger.