By Nicholas Goodman, MiCAFE Network Specialist For many, holidays in December bring joy and excitement. For those living on a fixed income, the social expectations for providing meals at family gatherings can be stressful and overwhelming. Here are some resources to make this time of year less anxiety-inducing: Feeding America has a network of food banks in the southern lower peninsula. You can search by … Continue reading Putting Food on the Table for the Holidays
When it comes to eating a healthy diet, millions of Americans 65 and over face a double whammy: a fixed income, and rising food costs. Nationally, adults aged 65+ have an average annual income of $46,627, and they spend more than $5,500—or nearly 12%—on food. Additionally, this year those who rely on Social Security received just a 0.3% increase in their Cost of Living Adjustment. … Continue reading ELM Joins National Campaign to End Senior Hunger
by Kathryn Larlee, J.D., Hotline Attorney “Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m sixty-four?” The Beatles, in their Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album in 1967, asked this question, half in jest. However, this question has significance for many adults staring down the road at their later years of life. Unlike the Beatles’ song which envisions a later life with grandchildren … Continue reading The Psychological Impact of Poverty on Seniors
by Lyndsy Gamet, MiCAFE Outreach and Training Coordinator Let’s talk about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Are you one of approximately 142,000 Michigan Seniors who participate in the program? If not, let me give you a few facts about it, and how to find out if you are eligible. 1) The SNAP program was designed to help individuals to obtain an adequate diet, while meeting … Continue reading SNAP Facts!
Elder Law of Michigan joins nation movement of community organizations come together to increase older adult SNAP enrollment. Lansing, MI (June 22, 2015) – When it comes to eating a healthy diet, millions of Americans 65 and over face a double whammy: their income is fixed, and their spending on food is consuming a larger portion of their budget. Nationally, adults aged 65+ have an … Continue reading Elder Law of Michigan Joins National Movement to End Senior Hunger
by Lindsay Felsing, LLMSW, Director of Economic Security One in six seniors in America face hunger every day. Food insecurity among seniors continues to grow: rates of senior hunger increased by nearly 6% from 2011-2013. In 2014, 7 million seniors relied on local food banks to put food on the table. One-third of seniors facing hunger have a disability and nearly one in five live … Continue reading Today is National Hunger Awareness Day : Let’s look at senior hunger in America and how you can help.
by Audra Ellis, MiCAFE Outreach Specialist I have the pleasure of working with a number of organizations in the tri-county area through my work with the MiCAFE (Michigan’s Coordinated Access to Food for the Elderly) program. These organizations include senior centers, senior housing complexes, faith-based organizations, and community centers. They all actively help seniors apply for food assistance and other public benefits in partnership with our MiCAFE program. I … Continue reading Why I love working with MiCAFE Community Partners!
by: Lindsay Felsing, Director of Economic Security September was Hunger Action Month, a nationwide campaign bringing greater attention to the issue of hunger and mobilizing the public to take action on the issue. Throughout the month, we blogged about senior hunger and how we work to address the problem in partnership with other community-based organizations, we shared the voice … Continue reading Hunger Action Month may have ended, but the fight against hunger continues.
by Skye Felsing, MiCAFE Farmers markets have been around for a long time, but recently we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of markets in Michigan. According to the Michigan Farmers Market Association, there are now over 300 markets across Michigan. There were just 90 markets in 2001. So why have they become so popular? What advantages do they give us over our … Continue reading Let’s talk about Farmers Markets! What are they and how do they address hunger?
This post was originally published on March 14, 2014 by Stuart White, PhD For more than ten years, the Michigan Coordinated Access to Food for the Elderly (MiCAFE) program has paved the way for a select group of seniors in need of nutritional assistance. MiCAFE provides person to person assistance with preparing and submitting an application for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Formerly known … Continue reading Repost in honor of Hunger Action Month: MiCAFE Helps Seniors Eat Healthy