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Changes in federal law will End SNAP Emergency Allotments after February 2023

Are You an Older Adult Facing Changes to Your SNAP Benefits? Help with Food and Meals is Available.

If you are receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, you may have already heard from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) about an important change in the amount of SNAP benefits you will be getting as a result of recent federal action.

What is happening?

Since the pandemic started in 2020, households receiving SNAP benefits have been getting an additional payment in the second half of the month known as an Emergency Allotment. Right now, SNAP benefits are paid in two payments during the month: your regular SNAP benefit in the first half of the month and an extra payment in the second half of the month.

However, changes in federal law mean that states will no longer be able to issue these additional EA payments. The extra payment in the second half of the month will stop after February 2023. This means that starting March 1, 2023, you will only receive one regular SNAP payment, like you did prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

· Another federal change affecting older Pennsylvanians is the 2023 cost of living adjustment for Social Security Income (SSI), which prompted an increase to SSI income. SNAP eligibility thresholds – also set at the federal level – did not rise proportionally. Because of this, approximately 249,000 households will see a decrease in their base SNAP benefits by an average of $40 per household, which will take effect in March when Emergency Allotments end. DHS anticipates that 5,000 to 20,000 households will be disenrolled from SNAP due to the SSI increase.

The Department of Aging and its aging network partners want to make sure that older adults who need food assistance know where to go for help.

How can older adults find other help with getting food and meals?

· Senior Community Centers provide nutritious lunchtime meals and socialization. Many also offer grab & go meals. You can find a senior center near you by visiting Senior Community Centers (

· You can call your local Area Agency on Aging to connect with meal resources at the local level, including in-home meal delivery and other meal options. You can find your local Area Agency on Aging by visiting, or by calling the Department of Aging at 717-783-1550.

· You can call the Department of Aging’s PACE program at 800-424-4356 to apply for the Senior Food Box program, which provides eligible seniors with nutritious, shelf-stable groceries each month. PACE operators will complete the application for you and send it directly to the Department of Agriculture. PACE can also help you connect with local food pantries and meal assistance.

· You can call the PA Link to Aging and Disability Resources at 1-800-753-8827. A PA Link counselor in your region will talk with you one-on-one to help you connect with meal support, benefits programs and other help with activities of daily living.

· Starting June 1 each year, the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program provides eligible adults over age 60 with vouchers that can be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at more than 800 farm stands and more than 200 farmers’ markets in Pennsylvania. Vouchers are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Your local Area Agency on Aging can tell you when and how to get your vouchers.

· Some Medicare Advantage Plans and Special Needs Plans offer grocery benefits, food boxes, and home-delivered meals as a plan bonus. If you are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan or Special Needs Plan, you may want to inquire with your plan to see if they offer these added benefits.

· You can call 211 or visit to connect with various local food resources, or to locate your local Area Agency on Aging.

· You can learn more about nutrition programs for older adults at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

· You can learn more about the end of the SNAP Emergency Allotment and other resources available at

Housing as a Human Right – Save the Date: May 9 – 10, 2023

Exploring the Ticket to Work Program to Elevate Employment for Job Seekers with Disabilities


211 DAY: Resourcing & Capacity Summit for Community Transformation

Amramp – Modular Ramps Complimentary Evaluation and Information

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Berks Elder Network Meeting – February 8, 2023

Fellow Senior Advocates,  
You are invited to attend the February 8th BEN Meeting. Holisticare Hospice will be our host.    

The RSVP deadline is Friday February 3rd and RSVP’s go directly to Allison Heller, Program Director   Host address: 1150 Berkshire Blvd, Suite 209 (2nd floor) Wyomissing, PA 19610   Masks are required   Speaker: Holisticare’s Pauline Broberg-Lewin AARL Method; Making Music with the Dying.   Breakfast & refreshments at 8am. Meeting starts at 8:15 AM
Jennifer Teller, Owner & CEO Comfort Keepers 610-678-8000 referrals 484-824-1084 Direct
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Estate Planning for Special Needs Families

This webinar is Presented by PennCares and Bellomo & Associates
Zoom Webinar

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1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Audio is available either
by computer or phone

The link to the webinar will be sent to you within 48 hours

COST: $10
2.0 Social Work CEUs Pending Approval* 

Sometimes, estate planning involves protecting our beneficiaries either from themselves, future creditors or protecting them so that they do not lose any government benefits that they would be receiving at the time they would inherit. An effective way to offer this protection is through a special needs trust. In this training you will learn how to protect those with disabilities to ensure they do not lose any support or benefits when their caretaker dies.

Objectives Learn about the two types of special needs trusts Learn how to protect beneficiaries either from themselves, future creditors or protecting them so that they do not lose any government benefits that they would be receiving at the time they would inherit CEUs*  “Pending approval from NASW-PA Chapter to be a co-sponsor of this workshop.  NASW has been designated as a pre-approved provider of professional continuing education for social workers (Section 47.36), Marriage and Family Therapist (Section 48.36) and Professional Counselors (Section 49.36) by the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.”

Wednesday, February 8  
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Penn Cares – Dementia Live Experience

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This Simulation Experience Yet?
Registration is Limited! Register Now! Have you ever been through our Dementia Live Simulation Experience? Dementia Live™ is experiential learning that simulates cognitive and sensory impairment, giving participants a real-life simulation of what it must be like to live with dementia. Try it!
This is a brief introduction to Dementia Live® featuring clips from various training sessions, conferences, and personal testimonials. 
Dementia Live Experience

PennCares Hanover Office

733 Cherry Tree Court
Hanover, PA 17331

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. &
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Sessions are ½ hour segments 

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your time slot to complete paperwork 
 Description: In this high-impact Dementia Live experience, you will be immersed into life with dementia, resulting in a deeper understanding of what it’s like to live with a cognitive impairment and sensory change.  You will be empowered to build new bridges of communication.  Dementia Live is experiential learning that simulates cognitive and sensory impairment, giving participants a real-life simulation of what it must be like to live with dementia.  Through the hands-on learning experience participants gain greater awareness and understanding of the constant struggles affecting persons with dementia as they go about their daily lives. 

Target audience: This session is for professionals working in the aging care systems, family members or community- based groups and Alzheimer’s Support Groups. 

Safety Precautions: The Dementia Live Experience is not appropriate for individuals who appear to have a cognitive impairment, are intoxicated, have anxiety, poor balance, seizures, are pregnant, have impaired mobility that requires use of cane or walker, or are severely impaired with hearing or vision loss.Saturday
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211 Day Summit – Register Today!

Reserve your spot for 211 Day!Join us in-person for a day of knowledge sharing, learning and relationship building on Friday, February 10th from 9am to 5pm at the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences (850 Greenfield Rd., Lancaster)
We are excited to welcome U.S. Senator Bob Casey in person this year to speak about legislation he has sponsored championing 211 and providing the transformative resources needed to meet the great social service challenges of our time through better referral communication. We will also be revealing a major digital transformation whose pilot has been supported byThe High Foundation, which will now scale up due to the senator’s support. Event details are still being finalized, but the day’s agenda will be as follows:
211 Day Summit
8:30-9:15 – Registration Open, breakfast available
9:15-9:30 – Welcome Remarks by Kevin Ressler, President & CEO of United Way of Lancaster County
9:30-10:00 – Welcome Remarks and Overview by Patricia Espinosa-Vargas, PA 211 East Director
10:00-10:45 – 1st Workshop Session
10:45-11:00 – Break 
11:00-11:45 – 2nd Workshop Session
11:45-12:00 – Break
12:00-1:00 – Lunch and Keynote Speaker 
12:00-12:15 – Grabbing lunch and getting seated
12:15-12:30 – U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Keynote Speaker
12:30-12:35 – Kevin Ressler offers thank you
12:35-1:00 – Demonstration of Closed Loop System (with Q&A)1:00-1:15 – Break
1:15-2:15 – 3rd Workshop Session
2:15-2:45 – Closing Remarks and Networking
Level Up & Launch Announcement
3:00 – Begin Level Up & Launch event, food/drinks served
3:15-3:25 – Explanation Remarks by Kevin Ressler
3:25-3:45 – Video Presentation
3:45-4:00 – Panel Q&A about Level Up & Launch grants
4:00-5:00 – Networking 
We are inviting our local community organizations to facilitate workshops in the focal areas of economic mobility, education, health and wellness, and capacity building. An honorarium will be paid to workshop presenters.Join the workshop presenters below, with more to come:Age-Friendly Lancaster CityCentral Pennsylvania Food BankCommunities in Schools of PennsylvaniaCommunity Action Partnership of Lancaster CountyHunger-Free Lancaster CoalitionLancaster County Housing & Redevelopment AuthoritiesLancaster Works, LLCRivera-Santos ConsultingPennieUnited Way of Lancaster CountyYWCA LancasterWorkshop proposals are due by Friday, January 20, 2023.
Stick around as we announce United Way of Lancaster County’s Level Up and Launch Grants for 2023 following the 211 Day Summit!The announcement, which will begin at 3pmwill feature live entertainment, time for networking, and hors d’oeuvres.Level Up and Launch Grants invest in innovative and scalable projects that address systemic challenges and advance the education, economic mobility, and health & wellbeing of the Lancaster community.
Registration Fees——————————————————————————————————————*LIMITED TIME: Thanks to the location sponsorship from Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, the first 100 registered attendees will receive free admission. When registering, attendees should use the promo code “THANKSLGH” at checkout.——————————————————————————————————————Half Day Ticket – $25 (either 211 Day or Level Up & Launch – 211 Day includes breakfast and lunch, Level Up & Launch includes live entertainment and hors d’oeuvres) Full Day Ticket – $50 (includes both 211 Day and Level Up & Launch), includes breakfast, lunch, live entertainment and hors d’oeuvresIf the registration cost presents a challenge, you can make avolunteer service commitment of two hours or more to a local nonprofit organization to cover your registration. Please contact to find out more.
Please contact with any further questions.We look forward to seeing you at 211 Day!