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ANNAPOLIS – May 27, 2016 – 18,000 seniors across the state will see their Food Supplement Program (FSP, formerly known as food stamps) benefits increase from $16 to $30 monthly after Maryland enacted Senate Bill 758 into law sponsored by Senator Richard S. Madaleno (D-18, Montgomery County). The bill requires the state to increase the minimum FSP benefit for seniors 62 and older, ensuring no older Marylanders receive less than $30 a month. Delegate Brooke Lierman (D-46, Baltimore City) sponsored the House version of this legislation.
“This is an important investment in the health and nutrition of our seniors experiencing poverty. We are extremely grateful that Members of the General Assembly made the well-being of Maryland seniors a priority.” said Michael J. Wilson, Director of Maryland Hunger Solutions. “If you are 62 and over and received only $16 a month in SNAP benefits, this is likely the most important thing the legislature did for you and it will make a big difference in your life.”
Low-income seniors live in every jurisdiction of our state and are often forced to make difficult choices — choosing between food and vital medication, rent or other basic needs. As a result, many seniors turn to food banks or other emergency food providers to fill in the gaps, but far too many low-income seniors still struggle to make ends meet.
“We are looking forward to reaching out to eligible Marylanders to ensure that they benefit from this state supplement when it becomes effective later this year.” said Wilson. “Our witnesses – 89 year old Margaret from Bethesda and 62 year old Ronald from Baltimore – were representative of thousands of our neighbors who struggle to put food on the table. Thanks to this legislation, that struggle just became a little bit more bearable.’