5:38 PM EDT, July 25, 2013
The Maryland Food Bank-Western Branch and the Washington County Commission on Aging Inc. in early July launched the Mobile Information and Assistance Program to reach seniors throughout Washington County.
The program provides a one-stop shop at various community sites, where seniors can find out if they are eligible for assistance programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, Renters and Homeowners Tax Credit Assistance, the Maryland Senior Prescription Drug Program and services to help pay for Medicare premiums.
By traveling to familiar locations throughout the county, the team is able to reach seniors who, due to lack of transportation, mobility or resources, might not apply for benefits they need, according to a news release about the program.
“Some seniors who qualify for benefits may be unaware of their eligibility. The Mobile Outreach Program’s goal is to increase senior awareness of these benefits and to assist those who are eligible with the application process,” said Penny Kline, Maryland Access Point specialist with the commission.
“It’s important to know these services are provided free of charge, and that our agencies are working in the best interest of our seniors,” Kline said. “We encourage seniors to visit one of our sites to find out if they are eligible for any services that might help them maintain a good quality of life.”
Wendy Barrick, SNAP outreach coordinator for the Maryland Food Bank, said: “It’s very rewarding to see that we can impact so many seniors that otherwise would not apply due to lack of resources, mobility or transportation. When seniors are in a familiar environment and have personal one-on-one interaction, it makes them more comfortable to apply for help.
“We want them to feel that they are not forgotten and provide them with all the tools they need to get the assistance they need and deserve,” she said.
Appointments for seniors are recommended, but walk-ins will be served as well, officials said.
More information can be obtained by calling the Washington County Commission on Aging at 301-790-0275 ext. 217.
All applications have income guidelines and eligibility will be determined on a case- by-case review, the release said.
Those wishing to apply for any or all of these services are asked by organizers to bring the following documentation:
All site visit locations listed below will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. Additional dates will be added soon and will be posted at www.wccoaging.org: