Slices of bread and $2 bills.

Bridge Card “Lost Benefit” Information

by Lyndsy Gamet, MiCAFE Stakeholder and Network Partners Manager Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has determined that it owes some Bridge Card recipients additional benefits that date back to 2014. They refer to the amount as a “lost benefit.” This was an error related to the Heat and Utility Standard Allowance changes. This Allowance was removed for many recipients, and for some it was … Continue reading Bridge Card “Lost Benefit” Information

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ABAWD Time Limits Waiver Set to Expire in 4 Michigan Counties

by Jadranko Tomic-Bobas, Managing Hotline Attorney The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that “[m]ore than 500,000 and as many as 1 million of the nation’s poorest people will be cut off SNAP over the course of 2016.” SNAP rules require all recipients meet work requirements, unless they are exempt because of age or disability or another specific reason. The work requirements have been part of the … Continue reading ABAWD Time Limits Waiver Set to Expire in 4 Michigan Counties

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ELM Joins National Campaign to End Senior Hunger

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

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SNAP Facts!

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!

Repost in honor of Hunger Action Month: MiCAFE Helps Seniors Eat Healthy

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

It’s National Senior Center Month! Elder Law of Michigan thanks its many senior center partners!

by Harriet E. Harris, JD, MiCAFE Regional Manager National Senior Center Month is celebrated every year in September.  The 2014 theme is: Senior Centers: Experts at Living!  According to the National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC), a division of the National Council on Aging, every day 1 million older adults participate in programs at their local senior centers. This connection to indispensable programs at these … Continue reading It’s National Senior Center Month! Elder Law of Michigan thanks its many senior center partners!

Seniors & SNAP: 5 Myths Busted

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps millions of seniors each year put healthy food on their tables. There are, however, common misconceptions about the SNAP program that often prevent older adults from enrolling in the program. The National Council on Aging (NCOA) has put together a great fact sheet called “Seniors & SNAP: 5 Myths Busted,” that address these common misconceptions and provide some … Continue reading Seniors & SNAP: 5 Myths Busted