In Milwaukee, 13.2% of the senior population live at or below the poverty line. Of these seniors, only one third are receiving FoodShare benefits. FoodShare is the first line of defense against hunger.
In 2011, Hunger Task Force initiated a unique Senior Benefit Specialist position to connect low-income seniors to programs that provide access to good nutrition. FoodShare and other benefit program modernization efforts in the State of Wisconsin have made it possible to complete online applications and over-the-telephone interviews with case workers, easing the burden of the application process for home-bound seniors. The Senior Benefit Specialist travels around the county working one-on-one with low-income seniors who could be eligible for these assistance programs.
In addition to educating seniors about FoodShare, the Senior Benefit Specialist connects seniors to local resources and programs that reduce health care costs for eligible seniors. Seniors eligible for a Medicare Savings Program do not pay a Medicare premium out of their monthly social security check. SeniorCare is Wisconsin's state prescription assistance program. Seniors should never have to choose between paying a doctor's bill and paying for food.
To find our more, or to speak with our Senior Benefit Specialist, contact Elizabeth Leister at (414) 588-7132 or elizabeth.leister @ hungertaskforce.org