Does Your Mom Get Enough to Eat?

A study released by Feeding America and the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger states approximately 5 million seniors did not get enough food in 2011. Only 41 percent of qualifying seniors actually signed up for the government’s supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP).

Caregiver in Fort Lauderdale FL: Does Mom Get Enough to Eat?

Caregiver in Fort Lauderdale FL: Does Mom Get Enough to Eat?

This is concerning to experts who predicted that 3.9 seniors would be food insecure by the year 2025. It’s now estimated that by 2030, 1 out of every 12 seniors will not have enough food. Does your mom have enough to eat? Here are tips that can help you ensure she does.

See if She Qualifies for SNAP.

As of 2017, your mom might qualify for SNAP if she makes no more than $1,287 (gross) per month and lives alone. If your mom qualifies, apply for benefits at the appropriate state office. She will need to accompany you. You can also apply online if you have internet service.

Maintain a Garden and Freeze Extras.

Plant a garden for your mom. You may need to help her maintain the garden over the spring and summer. Any extra produce can be blanched and frozen to last the winter. If she lacks the space for a garden, patio planters or space in a community garden are other options.

Look Into Community Supported Agriculture.

If there are any area farms participating in CSA programs, your mom can save money on fresh produce.  She may need a family member or friend to join her on purchasing a share. She pays for vegetables all at once or in payments when someone picks up the vegetables. Most farms have weekly pickups in the spring and summer and bi-weekly in the fall and winter. With each pickup, your mom gets a box full of produce. The contents often look something like this:

10 pounds of root crops

7 pounds of cabbage, kale, spinach, Brussels sprouts, etc.

6 pounds of winter squash

1 pound of lettuce

 

Save Coupons.

Coupons take time to clip and organize, but they can help your mom save money on certain products. Canned goods, grains, cereals, pasta, pasta sauces, and soups are often much cheaper when coupons are used. Be sure you weigh the value of the coupon against generic brands. Also, look at sale prices and pair sales with coupons for greater savings.

Your mom may need someone to help her prepare meals and snacks. If help with meals is needed, look into the benefits of caregivers. You mom has someone to cook meals, eat with her, and take her shopping. Call a home care agency to learn more about the services caregivers offer.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Fort Lauderdale, FL, please call the caring staff at Activa Home Health Care at (561) 819-4112.  Serving Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Wellington, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach and surrounding communities.

 

 

Sources:

http://newfoodeconomy.com/one-in-every-12-american-senior-citizens-is-hungry/

https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/eligibility#Income

 

About Jon Fedele

Jon Fedele is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Activa Home Health. During the past 15 years he has owned and operated several successful healthcare companies in South Florida.

“I am passionate about our community and the people we serve”, states Mr. Fedele. “We have an obligation to take care of our seniors and allow them the dignity to age safely and independently in their own homes”.

Jon is married and has three children. He enjoys waterskiing and spending time with his family and friends.
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