End Hunger Durham has compiled talking points about food insecurity among seniors. Click here to read and download this 2-page document. 


As part of the county-wide Partnership for Seniors, EHD coordinates the Senior Food and Nutrition Committee with its three sub-committees.

The Policy sub-committee is focusing on the Elderly Simplified Assistance Project (ESAP), a way to simplify and streamline the application and recertification process for SNAP for seniors. To learn more watch the Webinar from the National Council on Aging, https://vimeo.com/212260150. Contact Betsy Crites for meeting times, bcrites@sonic.net

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, bobi.gallagher@gmail.com

The Eco-system mapping sub-committee does research, collects published data about seniors in Durham, and mapping of resources. Contact: Jeanne Yocum, jeanne_yocum@yahoo.com

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.