MOST OLDER RESIDENTS DON’T TAP AVAILABLE FOOD ASSISTANCE

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MOST OLDER RESIDENTS DON’T TAP AVAILABLE FOOD ASSISTANCE

“Fewer than half of older New Jerseyans eligible to receive food assistance are getting it, data shows, and officials attribute the low participation rate to both pride and a lack of knowledge about the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

An analysis from the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) of the most current data available for all states estimated that 48 percent of New Jersey residents 60 and older who are eligible for SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, actually got the food assistance. New Jersey’s participation rate, nevertheless, was 13th best in the nation. New York ranked first, with a 70-percent rate, and California was last, with just 19 percent receiving SNAP. The national average was 42 percent.”

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