PUTNAM’S MUNICIPAL AGENT FOR THE ELDERLY
In 2019, Interfaith Human Services of Putnam became Putnam’s Municipal Agent for the Elderly. As we embark on this journey we will be offering assistance with food, fuel (home heating), paperwork, housing, other needs that may be identified in conversation, and referral to other services.
Many struggle to pay their utility and gas bills. Others need prescription assistance and home heating support. Some need help with food and transportation.
As an emerging program, we’ve started this journey with food support. Additional assistance will be provided as individual needs are identified.
As we age, eating well can make a positive difference in how we feel. To support seniors, who meet federal income requirements, we participate in the USDA Commodity Supplemental Food Program that provides a monthly food package tailored to senior adults. In addition to the CSFP program we are able to provide senior adults who are served by our Food Pantry with fresh fruits/vegetables as part of our Nourishing Neighbors program.
In a partnership, recently established with Day Kimball Hospital Hematology/Oncology Dept., using their Nutritionist, we are able to provide this group of individuals with important nutrition information as well as recipes.
MEALS ON WHEELS
Thames Valley Council for Community Action provides home delivered meals to seniors who cannot leave their home on a regular basis. Participants receive daily both a hot and cold meal. Meals are designed for low sodium, cardiac, diabetic and many other dietary concerns. Contact TVCCA at 1-800-560-5015 or 860-886-1720 for additional program information.
The Northeastern Connecticut Transit District Dial-A-Ride service is available to anyone 60 years of age and older. They provide door-to-door service for pre-qualified individuals. A short application must be completed to determine qualification. Call NECTD at 860-774-3902 to apply or schedule a pick up. This service requires a 24 hour advance registration.