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Nutrition Services: Meals-on Wheels, Congregate Meals, Nutrition Education, Nutrition Counseling & Farmer Market Coupons

Nutrition Services include home delivered meals, congregate meals, nutrition education, nutrition counseling and Farmer Market Coupons. Last year we served over 90,000 meals.

Home Delivered Meals (Meals-on-Wheels): We serve meals throughout the County-from the Old Forge area, south to West Winfield, and Dolgeville/Salisbury to the Utica city line. Some geographic pockets are not served due to low population and distance from the meal site. Meals are prepared by different kitchens; all meals must be served within a 2-hour time frame after they are prepared. A $3.00 donation per meal is suggested.

Congregate Meals: Meals are served at 5 community meal sites around the county: West Winfield, Dolgeville, Little Falls, Herkimer and Ilion. Any senior can attend and enjoy a meal with other seniors. We just need them to make reservations at least one business day ahead (so we know how much food to send!) A $3.00 donation/meal is suggested for seniors; those under 60 can also attend with a $6.60 donation.

Nutrition Education: Meal clients, both home delivered and congregate, receive nutrition education information each month. Newsletter, "Nutrition News" is also on our web site @ www.herkimercounty.org. (We consider our nutrition ed the best in the state! It is appropriate for people of all ages, so feel free to check it out & forward it to others.)

Nutrition Counseling: The Registered Dietitian (RD) meets with seniors to counsel them regarding nutritional issues, special diets, and medication/nutrient interactions. Many seniors are on special diets, such as low fat, low cholesterol, etc. It is often after discharge from the hospital or after their doctor visit that they have additional questions about their diet. Our RD can make home visits or telephone counseling to assist.

Farmer Market Coupons: We distribute Farmer Market Coupons each year, usually in July. To be eligible, must be a senior (at least age 60) and meet income eligibility requirements. Each eligible person in a household can receive coupons.

  • FAQ: No, there are no income requirements attached to the meals programs per federal regulations. Meals on Wheels (home delivered meals) are based on NEED (not income) and congregate meals are open to any senior.
  • FAQ: Yes, there are eligibility criteria for Meals on Wheels (home delivered meals). And each client is reassessed for eligibility every 6 months.
  • FAQ: Yes, each meal we serve must meet 1/3 of the minimum daily requirements set by the government. (This task is much more difficult than one would imagine-take your daily multi-vitamin!)
  • FAQ: Yes, our "regular" meals meet a no-added salt diet.
  • FAQ: Yes, diabetic meals are available on every meal route and at all congregate meal sites.
  • FAQ: The reason Meals on Wheels are sometimes closed during severe weather is to protect the drivers. We need to have them safe in order to deliver meals the following days.

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Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

In an effort to help income eligible individuals cope with higher fuel bills of winter, NYS participates in the Federal funded "Home Energy Assistance Program", commonly known as HEAP. When you are approved, HEAP will make a lump-sum payment directly to your energy supplier on your behalf. This payment is known as a grant and will appear as a credit on your fuel account. Payments may take up to 90 days to be credited to your account.

Benefits:

Grants are ordinarily limited to one per household, per heating season. The grant amount is based on your fuel type, household size, and household income during the four weeks prior to your application.

Eligibility:

To be eligible for a HEAP grant, you must meet income guidelines and residence requirements and you must pay for heating energy directly to a fuel company or as part of your rent.

There are certain living situations, which do not qualify for HEAP. The following do NOT qualify:

  • Tenants of government subsidized housing where heat is included in the rent.
  • Individuals paying room and or room and board in a private residence.
  • Residents of care facilities, dormitories, and board in a private residence.
  • Those who do not have heating responsibilities.

Income Guidelines for the 2019-2020 HEAP Season

Household Size                                           Maximum Gross Monthly Income

           1                                                                        $ 2,494

           2                                                                        $ 3,262.00

           3                                                                        $ 4,030.00

Call the Office for the Aging if you need income limits for a household over 3.

APPLICATION

The HEAP application asks for enough information to determine your eligibility and grant amount.You must give basic information such as your name, address, and telephone number. You must provide copies of photo ID or birth certificate, social security cards and income for everyone in your household.  All information is treated as highly confidential and in accordance with the New York State Personal Privacy Protection Law which took effect on September 1, 1984.

DOCUMENTATION

When applying for HEAP you will need to provide identification and proof of gross income for everyone who lives in your home. Depending on circumstances, you may use birth certificates, a marriage license, driver's license, rental receipts and copies of current pays stubs or pension statements. We cannot use bank statements for proof of monthly income.

  • · Social security/Disability/SSI
  • · Pension/Veteran's Benefit
  • · Dividends (from stocks, bonds)
  • · Alimony/Support (or court order)
  • · Payroll, Worker's Compensation, Unemployment Insurance Benefit
  • · Rentals (received from tenants/roomers/real property)
  • · Interest (up-dated on pass books, savings, checking, CD's, etc.)

Emergency HEAP:

Opens in January 2020. In certain low fuel or shut-off notice situations, emergency grants are available and are processed immediately to prevent a utility shut off or to guarantee a fuel delivery. For these situations, if you are age 60 or older, please call OFA at 315-867-1370. For those under the age of 60, please call DSS @ 315-867-1220.

Furnace Repair/Replacement for those 60 and over.

Additional aid may be allowed for the repair of basic heating equipment that is inoperable or unsafe. For more information call OFA @ 315-867-1370.

Clean and Tune for those 60 and over:

The cleaning of the primary heating equipment, but may also include minor repairs for proper efficient operation of heating equipment.

Cooling Assistance will open May 1, 2020:

For the purchase and installation of an air conditioner or fan to help keep the home cool.

Online Application at  Mybenefits:

https://www.mybenefits.ny.gov/mybenefits

 

 

 

 

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