As many as 46,000 people in the Rochester region are not receiving food assistance benefits they're entitled to. That's the finding of AARP New York.
AARP joined with hunger and aging advocates to release new policy recommendations for older people who are not receiving food assistance. They held a morning news conference at the Red Cross trying to get the word out that a high number of seniors are not taking advantage of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, what used to be called food stamps.
"We tell people it's like social security, You've worked for it, you deserve it. If you're having a hard time making ends meet, and you need a boost in your food budget, please find out if you're eligible for SNAP," said Christine Deska of AARP.
AARP analysts says every $5 in SNAP benefits adds $9 to the local economy.