Secretary Vilsack on RURAL TOWN HALL

Secretary Vilsack on RURAL TOWN HALL

Special Rural Town Hall Guest: USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack Special Rural Town Hall Guest: USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack

October 22, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn (RFDTV) The top seat of the U.S. Department of Agriculture says helping rural America and the senior population will help the country as a whole. More than a quarter of the nation’s senior population live in the small communities that speckle the country.  While fresh air and soothing landscapes are abundant, access to proper nutrition falls short. The Secretary says it is something the administration has been working through.  At the same time, they are spreading the word about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.  One issue is that SNAP benefits are available for senior citizens but a small percentage actually participate.  

“The Reality is, if we can make sure that seniors get proper nutrition, they’re going to have fewer health care issues and overall healthcare costs are going to be less.  And if overall healthcare costs are going to be less, then insurance premiums for the rest of us are also going to be lower,”  states Vilsack.

The administration is looking for ways to simplify the signup process for older Americans and lengthen the amount of time for recertification.  Seniors who use the SNAP program can also employ those benefits at local farmers markets and participate in the USDA’s Senior Farmers Markets Program.  It provides incentives for seniors to purchase fruits and vegetables.  

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