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Simplified senior food application launched

To increase seniors' access to nutritious foods, the Minnesota Department of Human Services launched a new one-page application for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for Minnesotans age 60 or older.

At the end of 2012, only 50.5 percent of seniors eligible for SNAP were accessing it. Currently, more than 500,000 Minnesotans are on SNAP.

"Lengthy forms can be cumbersome and intimidating," said Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson. "We simplified the process to increase."

Stemming from the recommendation of the Nutritious Food Coalition, the SNAP application for seniors is for seniors-only households.

The application is one page, two-sided, with additional attachments, including instructions and resource information. Previously, seniors needed to complete a combined application for food, cash and health care benefits.

The department is working with counties, community groups and outreach organizations, including the coalition, to get the word out about the new application.

Seniors interested in applying for SNAP should contact their county social service agency. In Douglas County, the phone number is (320) 762-2302.