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What can we do to help older Americans who are struggling? The conversation has started—add your ideas on how we can improve programs and services around employment, nutrition, health, housing, and transportation for vulnerable seniors in your community.

  • OAA Supporter: Representative John Carney (D-DE)

    Delaware Representative John Carney joins the Older Americans Act Support Drive! Rep. Carney sent his statement of support to NCOA's President and CEO, Jim Firman.

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  • The Little Things That Helped Open My Eyes

    Could I get what I considered to be proper nutrition on the food budget of the average older person on SNAP? That was the challenge that I set for myself.  

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  • Day 4 Begins

    I am starting day four of the SNAP challenge and was so glad to make it over hump day! My husband opted out of the challenge but has been quite supportive. He helped me shop last Sunday at Aldi’s but said he did not have to participate to know that he couldn’t make it on that little amount of food.

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  • SNAP Challenge Nutrition

    During the SNAP Challenge, I’m using SparkPeople, an online nutrition diary, to track my intake of calories, carbohydrates, protein, and fat.

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  • Dinner for 4 on a SNAP Budget

    When NCOA decided to do the SNAP Challenge, people assumed I would leave the rest of my family out of it. Never! Since we eat dinner together as a family every night, my family was required to come along on this important ride with me.

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  • Dinner for 4 on a SNAP Budget

    When NCOA decided to do the SNAP Challenge, people assumed I would leave the rest of my family out of it. Never! Since we eat dinner together as a family every night, my family was required to come along on this important ride with me.

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  • Shopping for the SNAP Challenge

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    My husband is joining me for this week of the SNAP Challenge, and we knew we couldn't make it through the week without some serious advance planning.

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  • Getting into a Routine

    I'm on day three of the SNAP challenge and it's getting a bit easier to get into a routine. I’ve found that my biggest struggle has been in the evenings at dinner time and before bed. 

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  • Meeting the SNAP Challenge

    Food already looms large in my life. I have enjoyed cooking and many of my happy childhood memories involve family meals. One special memory is picking the first strawberries in June on the eastern end of Long Island for my father’s favorite birthday cake – Strawberry Shortcake with lots of fresh whipped cream. So taking up the SNAP challenge is something I think I am equipped for.

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  • Thankful to Have Friends Who Share!

    I shared the SNAP challenge with a friend a couple weeks ago and she invited me over on Monday for a potluck. I joined her and her family with my very skimpy salad (lettuce, grated carrots, and tomato) to add to her meal. 

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