Food Assistance: Options for Improving Nutrition for Older Americans
DIANE Publishing, 2000 - 51 pages
Many older persons cannot consistently obtain a nutritious diet, particularly if their income is near the poverty level. The Congress has authorized a number of programs to help provide nutrition assistance to low-income households, including those with older persons. This report looks at 4 of these programs: The Food Stamp Program, the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), the Elderly Nutrition Program (ENP), and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). The report: (1) determines why some older persons do not use these programs; and (2) identifies strategies that could be used to increase participation in these programs. Charts and tables.
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Page 7 - ... established by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council.
Page 3 - The Honorable Charles E. Grassley Chairman The Honorable John B. Breaux Ranking Minority Member Special Committee on Aging United States Senate The Honorable John D.
Page 45 - Children from families with incomes at or below 130 percent of the poverty level are eligible for free meals.
Page 4 - Ihem in quarterly installments rather than traditional monthly allotments In the 2000 GAO report on options for improving nutrition assistance for older persons, nearly all of the state food stamp directors endorsed increasing the minimum benefit level from $10 to $25 per month. Of the S3 respondents to this question, 94 percent said that this change should be a high priority. AARP strongly believes that Congress should increase the minimum fSP benefit and restore indexing of the minimum benefit...
Page 22 - Association, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and the Food Research and Action Center.
Page 3 - Many older persons cannot consistently obtain a nutritious diet, particularly if their income is near the poverty level. In 1998, about 1.6 million to 2 million households with individuals age 60 and older (elderly households) reported that they did not have enough of the right types of food needed to maintain their health or simply did not have enough to eat.
Page 6 - Program is by far the largest of the four programs serving older persons in both the numbers of participants and cost. It had an average monthly participation of 1.5 million elderly households in 1998, spending about $1 billion in benefits for these households. According to the Food and Nutrition Service, the average monthly benefit for elderly households is $59. The program provides participants with food coupons or electronic benefit transfer cards that can be used in authorized retail stores to...
Page 19 - ... the Honorable Donna E. Shalala, Secretary of Health and Human Services; the Honorable Jacob J. Lew, Director, Office of Management and Budget; and other interested parties. We will also make copies available to others upon request. 9 The Nutrition Safety Net — Help for the Elderly and Disabled: A Primer for Enhancing the Nutrition Safety Net for the Elderly and Disabled.