Senior Hunger & SNAP

For over 10 million older adults in the U.S., hunger is a real struggle.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is one of several food assistance benefits that help low-income individuals and families buy the food they need for good health.

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NCOA’s Senior SNAP Enrollment Initiative

NCOA’s Senior SNAP Enrollment Initiative is a national program that fights senior hunger by supporting efforts by community-based organizations and agencies to assist older adults (i.e., age 60 and over) in applying for and enrolling in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Walmart Foundation logoWith generous support from the Walmart Foundation, we have awarded $2 million in grant funding to over 30 community-based organizations across America for SNAP outreach and application assistance efforts. NCOA provides strategic leadership, technical assistance, and training to help our broad network of partners use proven strategies to enroll older adults in SNAP.

NCOA also offers a free online service called BenefitsCheckUp®, which screens seniors with limited income for SNAP and other benefits. Since 2009, the tool has already helped more than 1.4 million people find over $2.4 billion in SNAP benefits.

SNAP initiative partners

  • Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut – New Haven, CT
  • AgeOptions – Oak Park, IL
  • Benefits Data Trust – Philadelphia, PA
  • Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services – Dallas, TX
  • Department of Erie County Senior Services – Buffalo, NY
  • Elder Law of Michigan – Lansing, MI
  • Feeding the Gulf Coast – Theodore, AL
  • Food Finders Food Bank – Lafayette, IN
  • Greater Chicago Food Depository – Chicago, IL
  • Greater Cleveland Food Bank – Cleveland, OH
  • HOPES Community Action Partnership Inc. – Hoboken, NJ
  • Human Resources Development Council of District IX, Inc. (HRDC) – Bozeman, MT
  • Island Harvest, Ltd – Hauppauge, NY
  • Just Harvest Education Fund – Pittsburgh, PA
  • Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee – Knoxville, TN
  • Korean Community Service Center of Greater Washington – Annandale, VA
  • Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF) – Montebello, CA
  • National Association of RSVP Project Directors, Inc. – Athens, AL
  • New Bedford Council on Aging – New Bedford, MA
  • ONEGeneration – Van Nuys, CA
  • South Alabama Regional Planning Commission – Mobile, AL
  • Summit County Department of Job and Family Services – Akron, OH
  • Three Square – Las Vegas, NV
  • Treasure Coast Food Bank – Ft. Pierce, FL
  • Winston-Salem Urban League – Winston-Salem, NC

Senior SNAP Enrollment Promising Practices

Read our new brief outlining promising practices in outreach, application assistance, and follow-up used by four Senior SNAP initiative grantees to increase senior SNAP enrollment.