Buffalo, NY - Erie County is teaming up with the United Way and the AARP to urge more senior citizens to sign up for the Federal SNAP program. That's the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program which used to be known as food stamps.
A new study from the AARP estimates a half million seniors in the state may be eligible for SNAP to help put food on their tables with their limited resources. The benefit can average up to $170 dollars a month for an adult who is age 60 or over.
Christine Deska who is a senior program specialist with AARPNY says "This is a way you can get long term sustainable assistance in your food budget. As of now, older adults have to re-apply every two years most of the time. And we're advocating that it be made every three years."
Advocates say SNAP can help seniors cover other costs like housing and medication without worrying about food.
For more information, people can reach Erie County Senior Services through the erie.gov website or through aarp.org .