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Seniors can get help through Emergency Food & Shelter Program

Age takes a toll on our internal clocks.
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The Emergency Food & Shelter Program offers help to seniors struggling in St. Johns County.

Seniors struggling to pay their bills in St. Johns County can get help from the Emergency Food & Shelter Program.

The program can assist older adults with up to $500 on their current or past due utility bills and rent or mortgage.

“We want to get the word out and make sure seniors in St. Johns County know about the EFSP program,” said Michael Large, who coordinates the program through the Care Connection division of Council on Aging. “If they find themselves in this emergency situation, they should contact us.”

To qualify for help, you must be a resident of St Johns County who is 60 or older, earning less than $25,520 annually for a single individual or $34,480 for a household of two. (Add $8,960 for each additional household member.)

If you or someone you know needs assistance, contact Large at 904-209-3649 from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, or email him at mlarge@coasjc.org.

For more information about Council on Aging services for seniors and caregivers, go to www.coasjc.org or call 904-209-3700.