13 Jun 2011

American Samoa senior citizens set to lose food vouchers

3:49 pm on 13 June 2011

It's likely that food vouchers for senior citizens in American Samoa will be discontinued and replaced with cooked meals.

The Director of the Territorial Administration on Aging Office. Faafiti Tauanuu, says American Samoa is the only jurisdiction where the elderly receive the 25 US dollar food vouchers each month.

He says in other states and territories they are served cooked meals and the US Department of Health and Human Services wants American Samoa to follow suit.

Tauanuu says there's no question the territory's senior citizens prefer the vouchers as they have a choice of what to buy instead of getting cooked meals.

He says the Office has asked the company in charge of the School Lunch programme to come up with a meal plan for senior citizens.