Studies show that a good diet in your later years reduces your risk of osteoporosis, high blood pressure, heart disease and certain cancers. As you age, you might need less energy. But you still need just as many of the nutrients in food. National Institute on Aging
Consider these options to help you maintain the healthy diet you need.
Help with the Cost of Groceries
SNAP - Are you one of the 5.2 million seniors who are eligible for SNAP but not enrolled? Connecticut has one of the highest costs of living, so eating healthy can be a challenge. SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) helps eligible individuals stretch their dollars at grocery stores and farmer's markets. Find out more.
Food Boxes - Could you benefit from a monthly food box consisting of staple foods, such as pasta, cereal, rice, canned fruit, canned vegetables and canned meat? The Connecticut Food Bank through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) provides this food resource to improve the health of low-income senior citizens. Distributions are currently taking place at 15 Connecticut Food Bank partner programs. Applicants are required to be Connecticut residents and meet federal income guidelines.
- To learn more about the program, contact the Connecticut Food Bank: Frederick Goodman, Mobile and Senior Program Coordinator, at (203) 741-9072, or send him an email.
Senior cafés provide the opportunity to not only receive a healthy meal, but also enjoy the company of others in a relaxed setting.
Senior cafés are supported through federal Older Americans Act funding granted to community organizations by AOASCC.
Home Delivered Meals
Home delivered meals are available to those who are 60 and older, homebound and are unable to prepare or obtain nourishing meals. To find out more and to apply contact:
- LifeBridge Community Services (New Haven Area Residents), 203-752-9919
- TEAM, Inc. (Valley Residents), 203-538-5886 ext. 4225
Your health is important. Visit our resource page for important information.