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.
One-Time Delivery - Do you need just a small stop-gap to make sure you have needed groceries? If you are a home bound older adult, and within the income guidelines, we can provide a one time purchase of $100 worth of groceries. We will also periodically reach out to offer additional deliveries of groceries from a Food Pantry.
In order to qualify you must be currently home bound, an older adult at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level, and live in our service area. Once you are found eligible by a CHOICES counselor, we will take a list of the items you are looking for, reach out to volunteer, and coordinate both the purchasing and delivery to your doorstep. These are certainly unique times, and we will help the best we can! To find out if you will qualify, please contact us at 203-785-8533 and choose option 3 to speak with a CHOICES counselor.
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), 203 736-5420 ext 4225
Your health is important. Visit our resource page for important information.