Jewish Family Service receives funding from MAZON

Jewish Family Service of Stamford, Inc. has received a $30,000 grant from MAZON, A Jewish Response to Hunger to participate in a senior hunger initiative, Solutions to Senior Hunger™ . In partnership with the Association of Jewish Family & Children’s Agencies (AJFCA), this support is designed to help low-income, food-insecure seniors qualify for state and federal assistance for food purchases. More specifically, Solutions to Senior Hunger™, which is generously funded by the Walmart Foundation, will aim to reduce the barriers keeping vulnerable seniors from enrolling in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (also known as SNAP/food stamps).

According to MAZON, three out of five seniors who are eligible for SNAP do not participate in the program which translates into 5.2 million seniors who miss out. SNAP is a state and federally supported program available to seniors, 60 years and older, who can qualify for aid through income and asset limits. Residents who receive Section 8 subsidized housing allowance may also qualify for SNAP.

Jewish Family Service of Stamford, Inc., serving Greater Stamford, Greater Westport and Eastern Fairfield County, was selected to conduct SNAP outreach and education to senior populations, administer SNAP application assistance for eligible clients, and act as a liaison between the client and their local managing government agency. Since JFS has several programs that complement SSH populations, the first step will providing training regarding eligibility criteria. Outreach will continue with educational workshops provided to other targeted community organizations and groups throughout 2016.

“Through our outreach and education in the community, we often discover seniors who are unable to acquire enough nutritious food for themselves. This program will help assist those who are eligible to take advantage of programs such as SNAP that they were previously unaware were available to them,” commented Matt Greenberg, CEO of JFS.

For more information about the program, please contact Rebekah Kanefsky, JFS Case Manager at 203-921-4161 or email at [email protected]. Please visit www.ctjfs.org for a full description of programs and services of JFS.

Jewish Family Service (www.ctjfs.org) is a nonprofit, non-sectarian social service agency offering a range of innovative services and programs designed to address contemporary problems and issues. The JFS client base includes individuals, couples, families and groups, ranging from young children to the elderly. Programs include the following services: Home Companion, Counseling, College Counseling, Employment & Training, Employee Assistance, Case Management and Emergency Assistance, Family Life Education, and Information and Referral. JFS offices are located at 733 Summer Street, 6th Floor, Stamford, and 431 Post Road East, Suite 11 in Westport. For further information, please call 203-921-4161 (Stamford) or203-454-4992 (Westport).

MAZON A Jewish Response to Hunger (www.mazon.org), founded in 1985, is a national nonprofit organization working to end hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds in the United States and Israel. Through its three interrelated strategies – advocacy and education, partnership grant making and strategic initiatives– MAZON is acting to ensure that hungry people have access to the nutritious food they need today and working to develop and advance long-term solutions so that no one goes hungry tomorrow.

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