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There are several programs that help low-income seniors and adults with disabilities pay for nutritious foods.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

As of October 1, 2008, the federal Food Stamp program is now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The program may be known under different names in some states. SNAP provides benefits to qualified enrollees through electronic cards that enable them to buy nutritious food at participating stores. To find out more, visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website at http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap or go to our senior SNAP Enrollment Toolkit page, which contains lots of helpful statistics, benefit information, and sample outreach materials.

Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)

SFMNP is a federally funded program that awards grants to states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and federally recognized Indian tribes. The grants are used to give low-income seniors coupons that can be used to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, and honey from farmers’ markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs. To learn more, and to find out if SFMNP benefits are provided in your state, visit http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/SeniorFMNP/SeniorFMNPoverview.htm.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

TEFAP is a federal program that provides nutritious food to low-income individuals at no cost. The U.S. Department of Agriculture buys food and then ships it to the states. States distribute the food to local organizations, usually food banks, which distribute the food to soup kitchens and food pantries. Eligibility criteria differ among the states. For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website at http://www.fns.usda.gov/fdd/programs/tefap.

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