Support For Seniors
Addressing physical and emotional wellness needs
Per the 2010 census, Asian Indian Seniors make up the poorest of the Asian & Pacific Islander (API) population in MN and have serious unmet needs including health care, housing, food, and transportation.
SEWA-AIFW is licensed to provide home & community-based services for seniors aged 65+ in MN. Our Live Well At Home program helps older Minnesotans live well longer in their own homes, by providing services that include supporting caregivers, promoting independence, and giving respite care.
SEWA also arranges monthly health clinics and annual fairs. By providing these clinics we are continually finding avenues to improve the health of our seniors and allow for chronic disease management.
We host events such as Senior Days and arrange transport for seniors to various cultural events to engage them in the community.
Culturally Specific Meals
Many seniors are unable to cook, unable to drive, and are otherwise unable to access meals that are familiar and nutritious for them. We have been providing meals for many seniors over the years. During the COVID19 pandemic the needs have increased, and SEWA has responded by bringing meals and groceries to seniors in our community. If you are senior needing assistance – please email us.
SNAP: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
SNAP is government program helping families in MN and across the US get more nutritious and balanced meals. SNAP can be used at various grocery stores, farmer’s markets, and senior dining sites.
SNAP recipients get an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card, which works like a debit card. Each month, your benefits will be transferred to your card.
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We are currently taking phone applications. Email us to apply or if you have any questions.
The federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act allows SNAP households that are not currently receiving the maximum benefit to receive additional SNAP benefits through a new, short-term program called Emergency SNAP, or E-SNAP. The additional benefits for each household will vary and will be based on the difference between what they would normally receive and the maximum benefit for their household size. The emergency supplements are available for two months, and should cause no interruption in regular eligibility determinations for SNAP.
In addition to keeping people away from work, shelter-in-place orders across the country have kept children away from school for nearly two months. This has been particularly devastating for the millions of children who receive free and reduced-price meals every day through the National School Lunch Program.
In response, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act authorized the implementation of Pandemic EBT (P-EBT), a federal initiative to provide students age 5-18 that currently receive free and reduced price meals with a replacement food benefit to pay for groceries while schools are physically closed. This new, temporary program provides a lump sum food benefit to families to replace benefits they would otherwise have received during the school year. Current SNAP and MFIP recipients will not need to apply, benefits will be issued automatically.