New: Whitmer, DHHS announce plan to ease access to public assistance

Via Michigan Advance By Allison Donahue Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Director Robert Gordon on Thursday morning announced policy changes aimed at making access to food assistance and other public benefits easier for families. “These asset test policy changes are important because right now too many Michigan families are struggling to get ahead,” said Whitmer in a press … Continue reading New: Whitmer, DHHS announce plan to ease access to public assistance

MiCAFE Success Story: Ms. H

By Grace DeRose-Wilson, Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan  Michigan’s Coordinated Access to Food for the Elderly (MiCAFE) is a program of Elder Law of Michigan that helps potentially eligible older adults and individuals with disabilities access and apply for public benefits through the Department of Health and Human Services. MiCAFE also helps older adults and those with disabilities who are struggling to renew … Continue reading MiCAFE Success Story: Ms. H

Urban Farming

By Lyndsy Gamet, Stakeholder and Network Partners Manager at Elder Law of Michigan Urban farming, also known as urban agriculture, has been around for centuries. It is simply growing, processing, and distributing food in urban areas. The practice of urban farming faces many challenges in modern times, including lack of space, lack of knowledge and interest, and laws that prohibit types of urban farming in some … Continue reading Urban Farming

Senior Project FRESH

By Grace DeRose-Wilson, Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan A Federal program called the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) can help low-income seniors afford more fresh produce. I have heard many older adults say they would like to incorporate more fresh produce into their diets. However, fresh fruits and vegetables can be expensive, and they do not keep as long as other food … Continue reading Senior Project FRESH

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National Nutrition Month

By Marley Van Fossen, Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan Do you know someone who could benefit from National Nutrition Month? March is important because it is National Nutrition Month. This month brings attention to the importance of making healthy food choices, creating healthy habits, and being physically active. It is a great opportunity for health care providers to educate their patients on … Continue reading National Nutrition Month

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What is Community Supported Agriculture?

By Jennifer Blanck, MiCAFE Network Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)? Many people have never heard of CSA farms or maybe they have heard of them but have never participated in one. CSA farms, known as CSAs, are a growing opportunity for consumers to buy a “share(s)” of food directly from local farmers in their community. Typical shares consist of a … Continue reading What is Community Supported Agriculture?

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Michigan Prepares for Early Issuance of February Food Assistance

Via Michigan Department of Health and Human Services The Michigan Department of Health and Humans Services (MDHHS) plans to issue Food Assistance Program benefits early for February. For food assistance clients, Michigan will begin issuing February benefits on Saturday, Jan. 19. Clients who don’t receive their benefits on that date should receive the funds the following week. That means the 1.2 million Michigan residents who … Continue reading Michigan Prepares for Early Issuance of February Food Assistance

Data Analysis Reveals that Millions of Households with Seniors Rely on SNAP to Stave Off Hunger

Via Food Research & Action Center By Emily Pickren One in 10 households with seniors (age 60+) participated in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), on average each year between 2012–2016. This is according to U.S. Census Bureau data analyzed in interactive tools released today by the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), in collaboration with AARP Foundation. These first-of-their-kind interactive maps and accompanying tables … Continue reading Data Analysis Reveals that Millions of Households with Seniors Rely on SNAP to Stave Off Hunger

Recognizing the Symptoms of Diabetes

By Shirley Brown, Economic Security Team Member  What is diabetes? Diabetes is the inability of your body to use blood glucose for energy. There are several types of this disease, however I will address Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes.   Type 1 diabetes is a more severe form because the pancreas no longer makes insulin. This is when blood glucose cannot enter the cells to be used for energy. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form, where either the pancreas does not make enough insulin, or … Continue reading Recognizing the Symptoms of Diabetes

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September is Hunger Action Month: Take Action and Fight Hunger!

By Sara Jackson, MiCAFE Network Specialist  When September hits, many people start to think of fall. We start to see a lot of red, orange, and yellow in décor, clothing, and food. However, orange has another meaning during the month of September, which is Hunger Action Month.  Here are some statistics from Feeding America associated with Senior Hunger across our country:  Nearly 5 million seniors face hunger in our country.  The rate of hunger among … Continue reading September is Hunger Action Month: Take Action and Fight Hunger!