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Hunger Free Colorado offers the SNAP program

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SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities.

SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net.  The Food and Nutrition Service works with state agencies, nutrition educators, and neighborhood and faith-based organizations to ensure that those eligible for nutrition assistance can make informed decisions about applying for the program and can access benefits.

What is Hunger Free Colorado doing? Hunger Free Colorado was launched in 2009 to ensure that every Coloradan has access to adequate, nutritious food. They work to make SNAP more streamlined and accessible through their Hunger Free Hotline, as well as by providing training, tools and support to community partners through their SNAP Outreach initiative.

SNAP is underused, therefore unused dollars are being lost.

Find out if you qualify for assistance at a SNAP and Hunger Free Colorado presentation at The Den on Wednesday, July 17, at 12:30 p.m..

Driver safety class

An AARP Driver Safety Class will be held at the Senior Center Thursday, July 18, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Registration is required.

Costs: AARP members $12, non-members $14.

For further information, and to register, call Lois O’Dell at 259-5589.

 Senior Law Day

An annual educational seminar will be held in Denver presenting a multitude of programs specifically designed for seniors in the Colorado community.

If you are a senior, an adult child with an aging parent or a caregiver, this is one day you cannot afford to miss — Saturday, July 27, at the Denver Mart. Admission is an optional contribution of $10 which includes a free copy of the 2013 edition of Senior Law Handbook (a fabulous handbook, I might add).

The following is a sampling of the many workshops available:

• Adult protection and elder abuse.

• Consumer and investment fraud prevention.

• Living wills, advance medical directives, DNR order, proxies, and end of life issues.

• Estate planning: wills, trust and your property.

• Social Security.

• Aging in place — maintaining your independence at home.

• Bankruptcy.

• Planning for your pets.

• LGBT domestic relationships and civil unions.

• Lifelong learning and the Aging brain.

• Hanging up the car keys for good.

• What to do when someone dies.

For more information, or to register, visit www.seniorlawday.org or call (303) 860-0608.

Thank you

Thank you to Mountain View Homemakers for their generous donation in support of our home delivered meal program. Thank you for your kindness and being a part of our extended family. Your donation is more than a meal; you are helping our homebound retain their independence while remaining in their homes and communities. We fell short in funds and you were there to help those in need.

Through town

Yep, that’s where the bus goes, the senior bus that is. We are at your service, so get out in the community and let us do the driving. Get to where you need to go; door-to-door bus service is available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday for seniors age 60-plus. Suggested donation is $2 per day. What are you waiting for? Call for details, 264-2167.

Special delivery 

Are you struggling to get meals prepared because you are homebound, recovering from surgery or an illness? If so, let us do the cooking.

Enjoy Cafe Fox meals delivered to your door. Our hot meal, home-delivery program is available four days per week to those living closer to town, with frozen meals for Thursdays and weekends. Those living farther out of town might be eligible for the frozen meal program. Meals are available to people age 60-plus for a suggested donation of $3 per meal. Give us a call at 264-2167 for further information. Donations are greatly appreciated.

Weekly activities at The Den

Friday, July 12 — 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen; 12:30 p.m. gym walk.

Monday, July 15 — 12:30 p.m. gym walk during open gym.

Tuesday, July 16 —11 a.m. Alzheimer’s support session; gym walk during open gym; 1 p.m. Meditation for Healing.

Wednesday, July 17 — 11 a.m. blood pressure checks; 12:30 p.m. SNAP and Hunger Free Colorado presentation.

Thursday, July 18 — Medicare counseling by appointment; AARP Driver Safety Class 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Friday, July 19 — 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen; 10:30 a.m. brain injury support group; 12:30 p.m. gym walk during open gym.

Cafe Fox menu

All meals include our great salad bar.

Friday, July 12 — Savory meatloaf, smashed potatoes with brown gravy, peas, whole wheat roll, pineapple tidbits.

Monday, July 15 — Beef chili, yellow squash, cornbread, fresh apple, crackers.

Tuesday, July 16 — Chicken cordon bleu, brown rice, pilaf, broccoli salad, asparagus, apricots, oatmeal muffin.

Wednesday, July 17 — Breakfast for lunch: pancakes, broccoli ham and cheese quiche, fruit salad.

Thursday, July 18 — Closed.

Friday, July 19 — Porcupine meatballs with brown gravy, parslied carrots, whipped potatoes, salad, almond peaches with topping, whole grain bread.

Reservations are required by 9 a.m. the morning of the day you would like to dine at Cafe Fox. You can make your reservation up to one week in advance by calling 264-2167, through our website at www.archuletacounty.org, at select departments and the Senior Center.

Suggested donation for older adults age 60 plus is $4, guests $6. Our meal program is partially funded through the Older Americans Act via the San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging, United Way, Archuleta County, Town of Pagosa Springs and other individual donations and grants. These funds help support the cost of the meal which is approximately $12.85. Please note our menu is subject to change. The salad bar opens at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served from noon to 12:30 p.m.

This story was posted on July 12, 2013.