Food Security

Food Security

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack on RFD-TV’s RURAL TOWN HALL USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack on RFD-TV’s RURAL TOWN HALL

October 21,2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn (RFDTV) RFD-TV hosted Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, on RURAL TOWN HALL,  During the one-hour prime time show, audience members asked USDA head Sec. Vilsack about a variety of topics. Food security for seniors in rural populations is an issue important to Claudia Host, an AARP volunteer. 

“Sir, what steps do we need to take to address the problem of food and security in our senior rural population?” asked Host. “For example, the Older Americans Act has been unauthorized for three years now. Has the administration been working with Congress to reauthorize it and to provide stability to our seniors and their need for nutrition assistance?”

“We have been working with AARP to get the message out to seniors about the availability of SNAP,” stated Vilsack. “83% of eligible folks for SNAP are currently participating in the program, but unfortunately, only about 40% of seniors who are eligible are participating and part of it has to do with the fact that they're not aware of the program.”

Watch Vilsack’s complete answer in the video above and see how he addressed other issues on RURAL TOWN HALL

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