Too many seniors and older adults struggle against hunger in the nation’s capital with 14 percent of older adults struggling to afford enough to eat.
Food insecurity can lead to increased negative health outcomes, including malnutrition, diabetes, hypertension, heart problems, depression, lower cognitive function, limited daily activities, osteoporosis, and gum disease. This is no way for D.C. residents to spend their golden years, especially as the population continues to grow.
DCHS works to connect seniors and older adults to food programs and help enact policies to end hunger.
SNAP for Older Adults
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) plays an importance in supporting older adults struggling against hinger in D.C.
SNAP can help older adults eat more nutritiously, live healthier lives, afford their medication, and have an overall higher quality of life. Older adults and people receiving disability assistance can also deduct their medical costs to qualify for higher SNAP benefits.
However, despite these benefits, 46 percent of eligible residents are enrolled in the proven program.
To get more older adults in your life participating in SNAP, call DCHS today at 202-640-1088.
Food Resources for Older Adults