Food insecurity is a real problem for many older adults in the greater metro Denver area. Prior to the pandemic, approximately 1 in 8 older adults in Denver were food insecure. This means that they didn’t always know where their next meal would come from. This number has only skyrocketed as a result of the pandemic. Currently, older adults consume fewer calories than others, including key nutrients. As a result, they are more likely to suffer from health conditions such as depression or even heart conditions.
The fact that older adults face food insecurity is not a complete surprise, as many older adults live on fixed incomes. However, it is a huge problem facing our community. You might be wondering what can be done to solve this crisis. One way you can help is by calling Benefits in Action.
Benefits in Action is dedicated to addressing food insecurity in the greater metro Denver area through its wrap around process for helping individuals become food secure. This process includes developing both short-term and long-term food security solutions for the most vulnerable members of our community. These solutions include our Food Delivery Program and helping individuals apply for and understand the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Our Food Delivery Program provides a short-term solution to food insecurity by operating as a delivery program that delivers food to those that are homebound. While we serve all ages and demographics, most of those that we serve with the program are older adults. This is because the program is designed to help individuals who are unable to drive to or otherwise access traditional food pantries. Our food boxes provide older adults with a mixed variety of fresh food and nonperishables, including meat, grains, canned goods, milk, and fruits and vegetables. These boxes help individuals gain the nutrients they need to age in place with as few health complications as possible.
We also offer a longer-term solution to food insecurity through our SNAP education, navigation, and application assistance. That’s right, you don’t need to call the county to learn about or apply for SNAP benefits. You can contact Benefits in Action. Our experienced SNAP navigators help over 1,000 older adults and other individuals apply for and use SNAP benefits each year. Obtaining SNAP is a longer-term solution to food insecurity because it provides those in need with a consistent source of income to dedicate to food purchases.
Are you in need of food? Then call Benefits in Action by phone at 720-221-8354 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our intake coordinators can place you on our food delivery list or schedule you for an appointment with a SNAP navigator. And don’t forget, we can always use more volunteers to make our programs run as efficiently as possible. So, if you are interested in volunteering for Benefits in Action, either as part of the Food Delivery Program or as a SNAP navigator, please reach out to us.
We hope that this article provided you with some much-needed information. Until next time, stay healthy and stay safe.