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Food Assistance for Caregivers

Senior hunger affects millions of older adults, but food assistance benefits can help make food affordable. Learn more about connecting your loved ones to SNAP and other programs that fight hunger and promote nutrition.

An older Asian senior woman is seen preparing food in her kitchen.

What Is SNAP?

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, helps nearly 5 million older Americans afford food at their local markets. Learn more about the federal program and how to find out if you or a loved one is eligible.

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A senior Asian woman is looking at produce in the grocery store.

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The Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides food benefits to people who have been financially impacted by a disaster. Learn how it works and find out if you qualify.

Apr 1, 2022

What Is the SNAP Emergency Application?

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A farmers market stand loaded with fresh fruits and vegetables (Pike Place in downtown Seattle).

Mar 10, 2022

Do Farmers Markets Accept SNAP?

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A senior Black woman is outside in her garden planting vegetables for food. If you have the time, space, and ability to start a small garden, you may be happy to learn that you can use your SNAP benefits to do it. Under program guidelines, you can purchase seeds and plant starts that, over time, can prove to be more economical than buying produce in the store.

Feb 28, 2022

What Can You Buy With SNAP?

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An elderly caucasian woman is sitting in a motorized wheelchair picking out produce at the grocery store. If you're wondering if you qualify for SNAP while on disability, the answer is yes. It’s possible to qualify for and receive SNAP benefits while you also collect Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments.

Feb 8, 2022

Can I Get SNAP if I’m on Disability?

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A beautiful artistic shot of a large group of multicolored fresh vegetables in a wooden crate. Fresh food can be purchased through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, the largest domestic hunger safety net program, helping low-income older adults achieve food security. 

Feb 2, 2022

What Is SNAP and How Do I Apply?

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A senior Black woman is picking out carrots in the produce section.

Jan 24, 2022

7 Important Health Benefits of SNAP

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A senior Asian woman is looking at produce in the grocery store.

Aug 20, 2021

Your SNAP Benefits Are Increasing

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Senior Asian man is paying at the grocery register with his two granddaughters, while all are wearing their masks during the pandemic.

Apr 9, 2021

How Seniors Can Get Help Paying for Food with SNAP

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Older Hispanic couple is putting bell peppers into bag at grocery store together.

Mar 31, 2021

7 Facts About Older Adults and SNAP

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A female is holding a red grocery basket with produce in it in a aisle at the grocery store.

Mar 18, 2021

How You Can Help Older Adults Access Food

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A senior woman is in the parking hugging her granddaughters as they kiss her on the cheeks.

Mar 16, 2021

American Rescue Plan Improves Senior Health and Financial Security

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A "We Accept Supplemental Nutrition Assitance Program (SNAP)" sign appears on the window of a grocery retailer.

Feb 20, 2021

Older Adult Nutrition Month and SNAP Advocacy

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A lone piece of bread sits on an empty plate with a fork close by, indicating hunger.

Feb 15, 2021

Get the Facts on SNAP and Senior Hunger

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A Black woman is shopping for produce in the grocery store.

Sep 13, 2018

How SNAP Ensures Healthy Aging

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Four senior Black women in Detroit, Michigan shop the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), selecting the foo

Mar 16, 2017

Nutritious Food: An Ultimate Necessity as We Get Older

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An older hispanic woman unpacks groceries with her daughter and granddaughter in the kitchen.

May 7, 2015

Food Assistance Benefits

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