Elderly to turn to food pantries when SNAP benefits are cut

Support for elderly important

If our communities learned anything from the pandemic, it’s that we can come together to support each other in tough times. We made new connections and tried new ideas.

Older adults in our communities were impacted most severely by the pandemic; it prevented many from being connected and engaged in their communities as they sought to stay safe. Our Area Agency on Aging network quickly realized how fortunate our communities are to have so many older adults serving as volunteers as they stopped being able to contribute out of concern for their own safety.

Besa volunteers Rob Lyons (in green coat) and Chris Hobbs (far right, in green poncho) and other unidentified volunteers help deliver Adopt a Senior gifts in 2019 at the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging.

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One of the supports Ohioans rely on is the food assistance program known as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). During the pandemic, programs such as SNAP have responded to the greater need. An increase in monthly SNAP benefits has had a significant positive impact for older Ohioans.

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