JOHNSON CITY—The First Tennessee Area Agency on Aging (FTAAAD) has announced a new partnership with the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability and the Tennessee Department of Human Services to create a pilot project designed to expand outreach, screening and application-assistance efforts for adults 60 and older for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in Upper East Tennessee.
The pilot project will help inform and educate older Tennesseans who may be eligible to enroll in SNAP and seek additional medical and housing expense deductions, possibly resulting in increased monthly benefits with which to pay for for food items.
Food insecurity affects nearly 27 percent of older adults in this part of Tennessee. Of those, 11.13 percent of all Tennesseans ages 60 and older are food insecure on a daily basis. An additional 15.8 percent of Tennesseans 60 and older are marginally food insecure, meaning they have experienced the threat of hunger in the past 12 months.
In the pilot area, according to “State of Senior Hunger in America 2014,” the estimated numbers are: 16,764 food insecure; 23,798 marginally food insecure with the “threat of hunger within past year.”
Any adults age 60 and over who live in Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi or Washington counties and are interested in learning more about the SNAP program, or who need assistance completing an application, should call FTAAAD’s Information & Assistance line at 1-866-836-6678.
FTAAAD’s mission is to improve the quality of life for older adults and adults with disabilities who live in the eight counties of Northeast Tennessee by advocating, setting policy, identifying local needs, providing services, coordinating resources, and providing information to promote a continuum of care which supports independence, choice, and empowerment for those we are committed to serve. For more information, call 423-928-3258 or visit www.ftaaad.org.