The Benefits Enrollment Center program helps low-income kūpuna 65-plus and disabled Medicare beneficiaries to access food benefits.

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, kūpuna were encouraged to stay home and self-isolate. Dining in restaurants or grocery shopping became difficult for all of us, but particularly for seniors who were most vulnerable. The Kupuna Food Security Coalition was formed to address the nutritional needs of seniors. Community organizations stepped up to provide emergency meals and grocery buying assistance.

Over a year later, some of the temporary emergency meal  programs have ended and the focus has turned to long-term food security solutions. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can help seniors stretch their dollars and give them access to nutritious food.

The Benefits Enrollment Center (BEC) assists Medicare recipients in applying for SNAP and other benefits. The BEC team can help with eligibility guidelines, applications, information gathering and follow-up services to ensure that they have access to the benefits they are eligible for.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES HAWAI‘I (501(c) 3 nonprofit)
1822 Keeaumoku St., Honolulu, HI 96822
808-527-4777 |
The Benefits Enrollment Center program of Catholic Charities Hawai‘i is made possible through grants from the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the Walmart Foundation. Medicare recipients can contact the Benefit Enrollment Center at 808-527-4777 to learn more.