Older American / Senior Citizens’ Programs
Community Action of Allegan operates the Older American Programs (OAP) to serve Allegan County residents sixty years of age and older. Eligibility for the Older American Programs is not income based. Individuals need to be 60 and older to receive services or their spouse needs to be. Another exception would be an under aged child that is disabled living with their parent and they would be able to receive services. All services are on a suggested donation basis and no one is turned down for services if they are unable to pay.
Outreach, Information and Referral
Community Action staff assists seniors in remaining in their homes as independently as possible. Staff may help to arrange assistance with finding personal care, meal preparation, etc. either through our programs or other service agencies and organizations within the community.
Senior Citizen’s Food Programs
Home Delivered Meals
The Home Delivered Meals Program provides well-balanced meals for seniors who are unable to prepare meals for themselves. Hot and frozen meals, and supper sacks are available based on the dietary needs of each client. Meals are delivered to seniors’ homes and the Home Delivered Meals drivers provide needed contact and are able to monitor the health and welfare of the seniors on a routine basis. Home Delivered Meals are provided to eligible seniors without charge. Seniors receiving meals are asked to consider a contribution towards this service, but no senior is ever refused service due to an inability to contribute. Contact us at (269) 673-5472.
We are in our 6th year of providing coupon books to eligible participants 60 and older (gross income is 185% of the poverty level) and they are able to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables during the summer months from the local farmers markets and roadside stands. Each coupon booklet contains ten $2.00 coupons. Nutritional information and recipes are also provided. It is truly a win/win program for the seniors, the farmers and the community.
Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) works to improve the health of low-income older Americans / Senior citizens who are at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA Foods. This program is distributed on the first Thursday of every month, on site at Community Action’s office in Allegan at 323 Water Street, Allegan, MI 49010.
Program Guidelines: Senior citizen must an Allegan County resident, age 60 years old or older. Household Income must be 130% or below the Federal Poverty Levels: $15,684 Annual for Household of One, or $21,120 Annual for Household of Two. For enrollment in this Food for Seniors program, please call us at: (269) 673-5472 ext. 228.
Volunteer drivers are available to drive seniors to and from appointments in order of priority for medical, legal, nutritional or social purposes. Volunteer drivers are able to drive seniors to out of county medical appointments when necessary and provide door to door services. *** Requests should be given at least 48 hours in advance. Community Action of Allegan provides transportation for all of Allegan County. *** All new transportation clients should contact Allegan County Senior Services at 269-673-3333.
Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program
Staff will assist seniors and people with disabilities with Medicare and Medicaid issues. Staff will help complete the Medicaid application, find prescription resources, choose Medicare Part D plans, and more. Staff are available by phone, in our office or can come to your home to complete paperwork.
We have volunteer opportunities with the Home Delivered Meal Program, in our Allegan main office, and we especially need volunteer drivers.
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