Title

Increasing SNAP Outreach Among Older Adults Experiencing Food Insecurity in Marion and Polk Counties

Date

6-1-2017 11:00 AM

End Time

1-6-2017 1:00 PM

Location

WUC Pacific Room

Department

Nursing Education (OHSU)

Session Chair

Angie Docherty

Session Chair

Patty Warkentin

Session Title

Nursing Leadership in Population Health

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Angie Docherty

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

Food insecurity is an issue that directly impacts individuals and families in Oregon. Food insecurity occurs when reliable access to nutritious food is unavailable. In Oregon, the food insecurity rate is roughly 16%, or 644,000 people. An initiative in Oregon called Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) exists to relieve hunger and reduce food insecurity for low-income earners. Older adults experience high rates of food insecurity but are less likely to utilize SNAP benefits. Agency data reflect this and illuminates the significant need for SNAP outreach targeted at older adults within Oregon. To combat older adult food insecurity, our proposal is to implement a SNAP outreach program through local food pantries in collaboration with Marion Polk Food Share. The program will offer older adults application assistance, answers to frequently asked questions, tools to overcome barriers to receiving benefits, and general advice about the program. Equipping older adults with the tools to apply for food benefits will increase their access to healthy foods, decrease their food insecurity, and ultimately, improve their quality of life.

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Jun 1st, 11:00 AM Jun 1st, 1:00 PM

Increasing SNAP Outreach Among Older Adults Experiencing Food Insecurity in Marion and Polk Counties

WUC Pacific Room

Food insecurity is an issue that directly impacts individuals and families in Oregon. Food insecurity occurs when reliable access to nutritious food is unavailable. In Oregon, the food insecurity rate is roughly 16%, or 644,000 people. An initiative in Oregon called Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) exists to relieve hunger and reduce food insecurity for low-income earners. Older adults experience high rates of food insecurity but are less likely to utilize SNAP benefits. Agency data reflect this and illuminates the significant need for SNAP outreach targeted at older adults within Oregon. To combat older adult food insecurity, our proposal is to implement a SNAP outreach program through local food pantries in collaboration with Marion Polk Food Share. The program will offer older adults application assistance, answers to frequently asked questions, tools to overcome barriers to receiving benefits, and general advice about the program. Equipping older adults with the tools to apply for food benefits will increase their access to healthy foods, decrease their food insecurity, and ultimately, improve their quality of life.