Click here for a downloadable a 2-page Fact Sheet on Senior Hunger.

To learn more about senior hunger, contact Betsy Crites at

Senior Food and Nutrition Committee

As part of the Durham Partnership for Seniors, EHD establish the committee to increase collaboration among organizations working in the field and promote greater awareness among the public about the problem of hunger among low income seniors.

The Policy sub-committee has encouraged the NC DHHS to apply for a waiver for the Elderly Simplified Assistance Project (ESAP), a way to simplify and streamline the application and recertification process for adults 60+ to enroll in SNAP. This is on track and will hopefully be available in 2020.

We are now focused on the Closing the Meal Gap bill 2019 introduced by N.C. Congresswoman Alma Adams. Visit our policy page for a description.

The Outreach and Access sub-committee meets with seniors in low-income residences, identifies leaders, and engages them in solutions. Contact Bobi Gallagher for meeting times,

What is ESAP?

The Elderly Simplified Application Project (ESAP) is a demonstration project that seeks to increase participation among the elderly low-income population by streamlining the application and certification process. A waiver is granted to states to conduct a demonstration project for a period of five years.

The simplified application process would be limited to persons 60 and older with no earned income, although some projects also include disabled households with no earned income.

Specifically, the demonstration project waives the recertification interview requirement, makes use of data matches to reduce the amount of client-provided verification, and extends the certification period to 36 months. ESAP demonstration projects also often make use of a simplified two-page application.

End Hunger Durham has convened several organizations concerned about senior hunger to learn more about ESAP and advocate for the NC Dept. of Health and Human Services to request the waiver from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).

To receive additional information and updates, contact Betsy Crites, bcrites@sonic.netor call 919.381.5969.

News:  North Carolina is the 2nd worst in senior hunger.

A new study finds one in five North Carolinians older than 65 feels the threat of hunger; placing the state second worst in the nation in the category. But the new state budget doesn’t include extra funding to address hunger for the state’s growing share of senior population.

See full article by Thomas Goldsmith in NC Health News