Why SNAP is Important for Seniors
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Why SNAP is Important for Seniors


Date: March 25, 2014

Time: 02:00 PM ET

Type: Webinar

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As the senior population continues to grow more and more seniors have to make difficult choices between medical needs and food.  Increasing medical costs place huge burdens on low-income seniors’ ability to purchase nutritious food. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’s (SNAP) policies take into account the burden of high medical costs for seniors and as a result can become a tool for many seniors having difficulty affording nutritious meals. 

Please join the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) and NCOA for this first webinar in a four-part series that will:

  • Explain why SNAP is important for seniors from an economic security perspective,
  • Provide a background, history, and explanation of SNAP,
  • Discuss challenges and opportunities for seniors when applying and/or receiving SNAP.

This webinar is intended to provide a basic foundation on SNAP and its importance to the senior population with each subsequent webinar building on the information provided in the prior webinar. The webinar is for new advocates in the field of SNAP but also for advocates who want additional information about how SNAP works and why it is important for seniors.  

Future webinars will look at eligibility criteria, deductions, and appeals processes.


Lura Barber, Senior Program Manager, Hunger Initiatives, NCOA
Lura Barber leads NCOA’s efforts to fight senior hunger, with a particular focus on increasing SNAP participation among the 60+ population. Barber’s introduction to the field of aging and her life’s work came as a VISTA at a legal services project serving seniors who were victims of consumer fraud. After her year of service, she continued working as a legal advocate for older adults in issues spanning from nursing home residents’ rights to pension rights counseling. Barber has earned degrees from Grinnell College and the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Ty Jones, Senior Policy Analyst, Center on Budget & Policy Priorities (CBPP)  
Ty Jones works with state and federal officials as well as state advocates to strengthen and improve the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Prior to joining the Center, she was the Public Benefits Staff Attorney at the Virginia Poverty Law Center, where she provided technical assistance, training, representation, and policy advocacy in the areas of Unemployment Compensation Insurance, TANF, and SNAP. She also worked as a legal services attorney representing low-income individuals in various civil matters.  Jones holds a law degree from Howard University School of Law and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia.

Note: We are unable to offer continuing education credits or certificates of attendance for this webinar.



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