Hartford, CT (PRWEB) July 21, 2015
End Hunger Connecticut!, a statewide anti-hunger and food security organization, has been awarded a $25,000 grant by the National Council on Aging (NCOA), a national nonprofit organization working to improve the lives of older adults, to expand senior enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
“We are grateful to the National Council on Aging for their support of End Hunger Connecticut!,” said Lucy Nolan, executive director, End Hunger Connecticut!. “This grant will allow us to help eligible seniors enroll in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.”
End Hunger Connecticut! is one of more than 30 community organizations around the country that is stepping up its efforts to assist seniors in applying for SNAP. The organizations will use NCOA’s free online BenefitsCheckUp® tool (http://www.BenefitsCheckUp.org) to screen older adults with limited income for SNAP eligibility. In 2014, the initiative helped more than 30,000 seniors apply for SNAP through local partners and assisted more than 300,000 access the SNAP application online.
End Hunger Connecticut! plays an active role in educating legislators and community leaders on the importance of increasing access to federal nutrition programs for children and adults across the State. By maintaining a strong and consistent presence at the legislature, in schools and around the community, the organization is able to effect positive and lasting change that translates into more Connecticut residents in need having access to nutritious meals for the whole family.
“The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is our first defense against hunger,” Nolan said. “Increasing public awareness of senior hunger is an issue of both national and local importance. In Connecticut alone, there are over 400,000 residents receiving SNAP benefits to meet basic food needs.”
End Hunger Connecticut! is a leader in expanding utilization of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and child nutrition programs, such as school lunch and breakfast, afterschool snacks and suppers and summer food; advocating for key changes in federal, state and local policy and practice in nutrition programs; engaging in public policy research and analysis; combatting childhood obesity; raising awareness of the extent of hunger and poverty; and enhancing the role of federal nutrition programs as a solution to that hunger and poverty.
To learn more about End Hunger Connecticut!, visit: http://www.endhungerct.org.
For more information on NCOA’s senior hunger initiative, visit http://www.ncoa.org/SeniorHunger.
About End Hunger Connecticut!
End Hunger Connecticut! is a statewide anti-hunger and food security organization. By focusing on advocacy, outreach, education and research, EHC! serves as a comprehensive anti-hunger resource for community organizations, legislators, and low-income families. To learn more, visit: http://www.endhungerct.org.
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a respected national leader and trusted partner to help people aged 60+ meet the challenges of aging. Our mission is to improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are struggling. Through innovative community programs and services, online help, and advocacy, NCOA is partnering with nonprofit organizations, government, and business to improve the health and economic security of 10 million older adults by 2020. Learn more at ncoa.org and @NCOAging.