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Contact: Michelle Stuffmann
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Email: mstuffmann@mazon.org 

MAZON KICKS OFF SOLUTIONS TO SENIOR HUNGER™ INITIATIVE
National initiative aims to help vulnerable seniors apply for nutrition assistance 

Los Angeles, February 10, 2014—In response to the escalating number of seniors struggling to put food on the table, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger (MAZON) has launched a new initiative, in partnership with the Association of Jewish Family & Children’s Agencies (AJFCA), designed to help low-income, food-insecure seniors get the nutrition assistance they need. More specifically, Solutions to Senior Hunger™, which is generously funded by the Walmart Foundation, is designed to reduce the barriers that keep vulnerable seniors from enrolling in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). 

 “Deeply embedded in Jewish tradition is the belief that the community has an obligation to sustain its most vulnerable,” says Abby J. Leibman, President & CEO at MAZON. “It is unacceptable that a rising number of our nation’s seniors struggle to put meals on the table when we have programs, like SNAP, that could help them buy nutritious food. As the only national Jewish organization focused exclusively on issues of hunger, MAZON is uniquely positioned to do this work. We bring almost 30 years of experience in the anti-hunger field, shaped by Jewish values and tradition, to a population that too often suffers in silence.”

13 Jewish Family Service (JFS) agencies in 7 states have signed on to participate in this new initiative. With support from MAZON and the AJFCA, these JFS agencies will 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 government agency managing SNAP.

AJFCA is thrilled to partner with MAZON in this important initiative,” says Lee Sherman, President/CEO of AJFCA. “We have seen a rising trend of seniors in need of increased services across the United States. Solutions to Senior Hunger will give participating agencies the tools and resources they need to do more for their senior clients.”

The 13 participating Jewish Family Service (JFS) agencies are:

 

  • Jewish Family Service of Colorado
  • Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Sarasota-Manatee
  • Jewish Family & Community Services of Jacksonville
  • Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services
  • Jewish Famiy Service of MetroWest, New Jersey
  • Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties
  • Jewish Family Service Association of Cleveland
  • Jewish Family Service of Cincinnati
  • Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Pittsburgh
  • Jewish Family Service of the Lehigh Valley
  • Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia
  • Jewish Family Service of Dallas
  • Jewish Family Service of Seattle

 

About MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger:
Founded in 1985, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger 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. For more information, please visit mazon.org.

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