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PCACS partnership with local food bank- Supplemental food program assists elderly clients

Written by Bruce Lindner. Posted in Featured, Senior Living

Published on December 19, 2018 with No Comments

We are honored to be serving our seniors with a new partnership with the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. Our Porter County Aging and Community Services offices are now a distribution site for a senior food program, Commodity Supplemental Food Programs.

The program is a federally funded offering that provides a monthly box of food to seniors 60 and over.

Once seniors are certified, based on age, residential and income guidelines, they will receive a box of food each month that contains grains, vegetables, fruit, high protein items, juice, shelf-stable milk and a block of cheese. Program participants will be notified when boxes are available, and they will need to pick up the food items at PCACS, 1005 Campbell St.

We see this service as another way to help our seniors and it fits with our longstanding mission to serve community members who need assistance with such basic needs as meals and transportation.

“Being able to add PCACS as a distribution site will help the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana reach our mission of reaching more seniors in Porter County,” said Megan Davitian, partner services associate at the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. “Food insecurity is an epidemic throughout Northwest Indiana, so creating a new CSFP site at PCACS helps the fight towards ending food insecurity.”

Community members seeking to participate need to fill out an application and meet with a member of the PCACS team. No appointments are necessary to complete this process. Individuals may stop in at the PCACS offices or call 219-464-9736 for more information.

Program details, brochure and application may also be viewed at www.portercountyacs.org/food-bank-distribution-site.

Energy Assistance Program update

Our Energy Assistance Program is going strong! We already have appointments set through the end of the year. That is why we are asking community members who need assistance to wait until Dec. 10 to call to make appointments in the new year.

There is no need to worry about our program offerings as we will be continuing to serve the community now and in 2019.

Our team and volunteers administer the Energy Assistance Program that assists seniors and individuals with disabilities who are struggling to pay their energy bills. The income-eligible program helps qualified participants by electronically paying the appropriate energy company.

Beginning Dec. 10, appointments can be scheduled by calling 219-464-9736 and selecting 1.

To review what documents are needed or income eligibility requirements visit www.portercountyacs.org/energy-assistanceand click on the 2018 Energy Assistance Appointment Form.

A change this year to the program requirements is that renters only need to submit a landlord affidavit form if the utilities are included in the rent.

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About Bruce Lindner

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All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle.  Bruce Lindner has worked in the not-for-profit world for more than 25 years and has been executive director of Porter County Aging and Community Services for five. A native of the Region, he was raised in Portage and he graduated from Valparaiso University. You can call him at 219-464-9736 or e-mail at bhlindner@frontier.com.

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