As people age, they may find themselves in need of additional assistance. Fortunately, the United States offers a variety of benefits for senior citizens. From food assistance to medical benefits, there are many programs available to help older Americans. The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a great resource for seniors who need help with food.
This program provides donated meats, dairy products, agricultural products, and canned food to those who qualify. Most people who are eligible for SNAP will also qualify for TEFAP. Additionally, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) provides warm, healthy meals and food to low-income seniors. Older adults can also access medical benefits that help them pay their health care bills.
The Medicare Senior Hotline is an excellent resource for those who need assistance with medical expenses. The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is designed to provide low-income seniors with access to locally grown fruits, vegetables, honey, and herbs. This program also helps to increase domestic consumption of agricultural products through farmer's markets, roadside stands, and community-supported agricultural programs. Finally, older people may be eligible for part-time employment opportunities that can be converted to full-time positions if they are successful.