Prince Edward Island seniors can apply for $100 grocery gift cards, courtesy of the province

The Government of Prince Edward Island is distributing $100 grocery gift cards to low-income seniors 65 and older in the province, to help them cope with soaring prices food.

Inflation in PEI is once again the highest in the country – the annual rate published on Wednesday was 11.1% in May, compared to 8.9% in April.

“We know that Island seniors are often on fixed incomes and with rising food and fuel prices, it can be more difficult to access healthy, nutritious food at local grocery stores” , said Brad Trivers, Minister of Social Development, in a written statement. out Thursday.

“Every little bit counts. This new support, along with other provincial government anti-inflation programs, will help ensure that people’s basic needs are met.”

The program is open to full-time Island residents age 65 and older who pay for their own groceries and self-identify as living in a low-income situation, the new Food support for the elderly webpage said.

Applications open until the end of August

Cards can be used at all Sobeys-affiliated stores on PEI, including Sobeys, Foodland, participating co-ops and Lawtons Drugs.

Applicants and their spouses must have a valid provincial health card to apply. There is a limit of one card per household and people can only apply once.

Seniors can register either online at food support or by printing an application, filling it out and taking it to any provincial social programs office. These offices will also have copies available for seniors to complete in person. Applicants can call 211 for assistance in completing their applications.

Those who register online will receive their card within three to seven business days in the form of an emailed code that can be printed or displayed on their phone at any Sobeys-affiliated store.

Those applying on paper or applying online but do not have an email address will receive their code by regular mail, which depending on the province will likely take two to three weeks, possibly longer depending on the number. of people applying.

Registration opens Thursday and will remain open until August 26.

Michael N. Clark