In recognition of May being Older Americans Month, Catholic Charities of Oswego Countyâ€™s Nutrition Outreach & Education Program is encouraging older Americans to eat better and stay healthy!
Established through the Nutrition Consortium of NYS, the Nutrition Outreach & Education Program (NOEP), which is administered locally through Catholic Charities, aims to alleviate hunger for residents of New York State, by expanding the availability of, access to, and use of governmental feeding programs, through outreach, education and advocacy.
With more and more people age 60 and older needing a little extra help to put food on the table, food stamp benefits can make a difference. With the recent changes to the Food Stamp Program, up to one million seniors throughout New York State are eligible, however most have not yet applied.
During the month of May, NOEP Program Coordinator at Catholic Charities, Angela Smith, is stepping up her efforts to promote healthier eating and working to increase use of the USDA Food Program by area seniors, educating them about the benefits of the program and encouraging those eligible to enroll.
â€œFood Stamp benefits can help seniors purchase the nutritious foods they need to stay healthy and prevent illness,â€ said Smith. â€œIâ€™m looking forward to visiting senior living facilities and senior activity sites to visit with seniors and increase their awareness of the benefits of this program, and show them how easy it is for those eligible to receive the benefits of the Food Stamp Program.â€
Smith will be visiting the Towpath Towers Senior Independent Living Apartments in Fulton on Monday, May 10th from 2:00 â€“ 4:00 p.m. In addition to providing seniors with information, there will also be a variety of activities and free refreshments. She will also be visiting seniors residing at Hamilton Holmes apartments in Oswego on Monday, May 17th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
For more information on Catholic Charities of Oswego Countyâ€™s NOEP Program you may contact Angela Smith at 598-3980 or visit the agency website at www.ccoswego.com.