SENATE PRESIDENT GATSAS MOVES TO PROTECT SENIORS AFFECTED BY FEDERAL CUTS TO COMMODITY SUPPLEMENTAL FOOD PACKETS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Elliot Schultz

(603) 271 – 4154

January 30, 2006

SenatePresident Gatsas Moves to Protect Seniors Affected by Federal Cuts to CommoditySupplemental Food Packets

Concord , NHFederal cuts to the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), which provides basic food commodities to low-income women, children, and elderly citizens has affected 711 New Hampshire Citizens.

Senate President Ted Gatsas (R- Manchester) and Health and Human Services Commissioner John Stephen met to ensure that New Hampshire’s most vulnerable citizens are protected.

An outreach program, created by New Hampshire Department Health of Human Services (DHHS), has been expanded to encompass the 711 New Hampshire citizens that were affected due to federal cuts. The outreach program will contain informational packets that will be given to all seniors applying for commodity supplemental foods; within the packets will be food stamp forms, as well as phone numbers for community resources and the district location for DHHS.

Senate President Gatsas remarked, “The Senate has taken a rapid response to aid seniors in jeopardy of not receiving Commodity Supplemental Food Program assistance. We have found alternative programs using the expanded outreach program. John Stephen is to be commended for his due diligence.”

Senator Majority Leader Bob Clegg (R- Hudson) said, “Very similarly to the LIHEAP crisis, the Senate is immediately ready to move on a solution that ensures the well being of those 711 individuals.”

The Department of Health and Human Services is currently working on plans for long-term options for the State to pursue.

Elliot A. Schultz