Solutions to Senior Hunger...

Jewish Family Service selected as 1 of only 3 agencies in the nation to participate in Phase 2 of Senior Hunger Assistance program.

Follow Beth Schwartz, CEO as she shares her experience taking the
SNAP  Challenge (food stamp challenge) as if she were an 82-year old woman.


Food insecurity among Americans 60 and older infographic

January 2016     In response to the escalating number of seniors struggling to put food on the table, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger has partnered with the Association of Jewish Family & Children’s Agencies (AJFCA) to ensure low-income seniors receive nutrition assistance help through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).


This initiative, Solutions to Senior Hunger™, was designed to reduce the barriers that keep older adults from enrolling in SNAP.


Jewish Family Service Cincinnati, which is a member of Association of Jewish Family & Children’s Agencies (AJFCA), is proud to have been selected as one of only three Jewish human service agencies invited to continue in Phase 2 of this initiative that began two years ago with thirteen agencies across thirteen states. Ten new AJFCA agencies will be selected to begin Phase 1. Solutions to Senior Hunger™ is generously funded by the Walmart Foundation.


1 in 7 senior adults in our nation live in poverty, according to MAZON. Among Americans 60 and older, 5.4 million face food insecurity – and these vulnerable senior adults are 40% more likely to experience congestive heart failure.  Although nutrition assistance is available through SNAP, 3 out of 5 eligible seniors do not currently participate in the program.


Through Solutions to Senior Hunger™, Jewish Family Service Cincinnati conducts SNAP outreach and education to senior populations, administers SNAP application assistance for eligible clients, and acts as a liaison between the client and their local government agency managing SNAP.


“To help reduce the alarming number of senior adults who are food insecure, Jewish Family Service has a Senior Hunger Outreach Specialist who can provide families and individuals with a free prescreening to check their eligibility and assistance in applying for SNAP benefits,” says Stephanie Seyfried, Jewish Family Service Aging Services Operations Manager.


“As a Jewish social service agency, we believe it is in our nature and mission to respond to challenges, such as hunger, that people in our community face daily.”


In addition to participating in this national senior hunger initiative, Jewish Family Service Cincinnati also provides emergency food assistance through its Heldman Family Food Pantry, located at Jewish Family Service Barbash Family Vital Support Center. This pantry is the source for free food, personal and household care items for individuals experiencing financial difficulties in the Greater Cincinnati Jewish community and neighbors who live in the Clifton neighborhood.


Jewish Family Service, which strengthens lives in our community through adoption, education & mentoring, vital support services, and aging & caregiver services, receives support in part from the Jewish Federation of CincinnatiUnited Way of Greater Cincinnati, and Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati


Some Aging and Caregiver Services programs receive funds administered by Council on Aging of Southwestern OhioSocial services for Nazi victims have been supported by a grant from the

Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.


Download an informational brochure.

Call 513-469-1188 for information.

What is SNAP?

SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) is a federal program designed to provide low income families with nutritional food. The goal of SNAP is to ensure the health and well-being of individuals living in these 

low-income households.

How does SNAP work?

Participants receive an EBT card (electronic benefit transfer), which acts as a debit card. Your EBT card will be loaded once a month with benefits that can be used to purchase food at over 246,000 retailers. These stores are authorized to participate and include many supermarkets and superstores.


SNAP cannot be used to purchase alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, vitamin supplements,  non-food grocery items such as household supplies, or hot foods.

How effective and efficient is SNAP?

The federal government began providing hunger assistance programs in the late 1960s. Before doing so, hunger and malnutrition could be found in many low-income communities. 


Today, in a large part because of SNAP and other nutrition programs, severe hunger is no longer found in large numbers in America. 


To promote efficiency, SNAP has one of the most rigorous quality control systems with error rates at record lows. 

What does SNAP cost me? 

SNAP is free to those who qualify.

Do I qualify?

The qualifying levels may change.











* some restrictions may apply

How do I apply for SNAP?

Each state designs its own SNAP application process following federal guidelines. In Ohio, the application for SNAP can be found online or you can apply in person at the County Department of Job & Family Services. Once you have completed the application you can submit it electronically, mail it or fax it.


After your application has been received you will have an eligibility interview. During the interview you will be asked to show documentation that you are eligible. This will include documentation of your identity, residency, immigration status, household composition, income and resources, and deductible expenses.

Need help applying?  

Contact Jewish Family Service at 513-469-1188 for assistance with the pre-screening and application process. These services are provided at no cost to you.