Joann Erenhouse: Senior Solutions: A fall recipe, proposed SNAP changes, and upcoming health fair


It is September and we are officially entering both our harvest and fall foliage season! The crisp air puts an extra spring into our steps. Less humidity helps us breathe easier. If you have an abundance of fruit and vegetables, here is an easy recipe to try:

Apple, Carrot, Zucchini Bread

Grease and flour two 8"x4" loaf pans. Ingredients: 1 cup unsalted butter, 2 cups granulated sugar, 3 eggs (room temperature, cup orange juice, 1 Tbsp vanilla extract, 3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour, tsp salt, 2-1/2 tsp baking powder, tsp. baking soda, 1 tsp cinnamon, pinch of ground cloves, pinch of ground nutmeg, 2 cups shredded carrots, 1 cup shredded zucchini, I cup diced peeled apples, cup pecans — chopped. PREHEAT OVEN to 350 degrees. Put shredded zucchini into a kitchen towel and squeeze out the moisture and set it aside. Whisk together all the dry ingredients. In another bowl whisk the butter and sugar and then add eggs, orange juice and vanilla until combined. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and add the apples, carrots , zucchini, and nuts. Pour into the prepared pans. Bake 55 - 60 minutes. Cool and frost if you desire.

There are important 3SquaresVT eligibility proposed changes. Here is the impact of the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) proposed rule change on broad-based categorical eligibility. There are three major changes:

1. Households will be subject to either a $3,500 or $2,250 resource test. The amount of the allowable resources is based on household composition.

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2. The allowable gross income will reduce from 185 percent FPL to 130 percent FPL for some households.

3. The allowable net income will reduce from 130 percent FPL to 100 percent FPL.     

Go to the Comment Website at Please make a comment on how this potential change will impact you and your family. Your stories and comments can influence our legislators. They need to hear your voice.     

The 5th Annual Deerfield Valley Health and Wellness Fair will be held on Oct. 4. Come to Memorial Hall at 14 West Main St. in Wilmington between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Vendors galore! Price Chopper will be doing Flu Shots. SASH will have a Blood Pressure Clinic. Try Reiki and massage. Get information on Tai Chi and Yoga. For a $5 donation enjoy pasta, roasted vegetables, and dessert. Senior Solutions will be there too.

Do you have some extra time during the week? Are you looking for something worthwhile to do? Please consider joining our Advisory Council. We need members from the Windsor County communities to take part in our network of individuals who care about the issues facing people over 60 and those who are disabled. Senior Solutions Advisory Council was established under the Older Americans Act. Senior Solutions Council on Aging for Southeastern Vermont has served older adults since 1973. We meet each month at the Bellows Falls Senior Center on the last Sunday of the month from 1-3 p.m. where we discuss new programs and projects, and issues facing our aging population. It's a great group and we invite you to join us. Call 802-885-2669 and say you want to be an Advisory Council Member.

Joann Erenhouse, Esq., is the community relations director for Senior Solutions, the federally-designated Area Agency on Aging serving Southeastern Vermont since 1973. Senior Solutions provides information and assistance and administers a variety of programs for older adults and people with disabilities. Call 802-885-2669 or visit


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