Remember that tomorrow is Election Day, so don’t forget to vote. In addition to selecting your elected officials and judges, there are important ballot initiatives for you, so please make your voice heard. If you need to find your polling place you can visit the Committee of 70’s website at www.seventy.org.
Here is some additional information that I’d like to share with you today:
- My recent senior fair;
- Weatherizing your home;
- The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP); and
- Emergency Food Boxes.
Thank you for your continued support. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need any further information, and don’t forget to follow me on Facebook by searching for Senator Larry Farnese.
Sen. Larry Farnese
First District Seniors Enjoyed Free Health Screenings, Exhibits, Fun and Food
I I held my annual Senior Expo at the Fels S. Philadelphia Community Center on Oct. 27, 2011. Almost 200 area seniors attended the free event. We had an opportunity to talk about my work in Harrisburg and in Philadelphia, and attendees had the opportunity to take advantage of programs from public and private service providers and state and local government agencies. Thanks to the Fels Center and all who attended.
Energy Coordinating Agency Can Help You Weatherize Your Home
It’s starting to get cold, so have you thought about weatherizing your home for winter? Philadelphia’s Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA) is offering free weatherization workshops to area groups. During these sessions, a trained professional will show you how a few simple changes can save you money and make your home more comfortable all year long. The workshops are supported by the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Housing and Community Development and the Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW). More information is available at www.ecasavesenergy.org.
Free Money From LIHEAP – Applications Are Now Available
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is now accepting applications. The federal program has less funding this year, so if you think you will have trouble paying your energy bills, make sure you submit your application right away. Applicants must meet the new 2011-2012 eligibility requirements and have a household income of less than 150 percent of the federal poverty level.
For more information, contact the State’s LIHEAP hotline at 866-857-7095, Monday through Friday (individuals with hearing impairments should call the TDD number at 1-800-451-5886).
Hungry? We Can Help.
I’ve partnered with Philabundance to provide Emergency Food Boxes (Eboxes) to families in need. Eboxes are Philabundance’s way of helping people who need immediate, emergency access to food. The boxes are available by calling 800-319-3663 for a referral. Once you have a referral you can pick one up at my District Office which is located at 1802 South Broad St.
Eboxes weigh 30 pounds and contain shelf-stable food for three meals for a family of four for about three days. The contents vary, but they usually contain:
- Hot and cold breakfast cereals;
- Shelf-stable milk;
- Canned meat and fish;
- Canned fruits and vegetables;
- Peanut butter and jelly;
- Bagged/boxed grains; and
- Macaroni and cheese.
The boxes also contain information on agencies available for food assistance.