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Monmouth County Offers Senior Nutrition Assistance

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Monmouth County Division of Social Services is ready to help local seniors who may not be able to afford a nutritionally balanced diet.

As part of the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance for Seniors (SNAS) program, the division is working to support senior citizens who live alone, who receive supplemental security income and who may need help covering their food costs.

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“The state is working to identify all senior citizens who are eligible but not currently receiving food stamps and send them an application for the SNAS program,” said Kathy Weir, director of the county’s Division of Social Services. “The one-page application should be completed and returned directly to the county. It is our hope that we can help those who are eligible access this nutrition program quickly.”

“We have seen a 25 percent increase in the division’s issuance of food stamps over the last year,” Weir said. “We have a number of people who are using food stamps who have never used them before. So, one of the things that county staff is doing is to make sure that we identify people who may be eligible and make sure that everyone who could get food stamps is getting them.”

Under supervision of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service, state public assistance agencies run their program through their local county offices. The Monmouth County Division of Social Services administers the Food Stamp Program for residents of Monmouth County.