For 1 in 6 seniors 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.
Get the facts about SNAP and senior hunger
Learn key statistics about senior food insecurity and SNAP enrollment in this downloadable fact sheet about senior hunger.
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).
With generous support from the Walmart Foundation, we have awarded $1,150,000 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 million people find over $1.1 billion in SNAP benefits.
SNAP initiative partners
- Agency on Aging of South Central CT – New Haven, CT
- AgeOptions – Oak Park, IL
- Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Arkansas – Harrison, AR
- Bay Area Food Bank – Gulfport, MS
- Benefits Data Trust – Philadelphia, PA
- Catawba Area Agency on Aging – Rock Hill, SC
- Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Inc. – Atlanta, GA
- Coastline Elderly Services, Inc. – New Bedford, MA
- Elder Law of Michigan – Lansing, MI
- Empowerment Systems, Inc. – Apache Junction, AZ
- End Hunger Connecticut! – Harford, CT
- Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina – Raleigh, NC
- FIND Food Bank – Indio, CA
- D.C. Hunger Solutions – Washington, DC
- Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners (Aging Services Department) – Tampa, FL
- Houston-Galveston AAA – Houston, TX
- Human Resource Development Council, IX – Bozeman, MT
- Knoxville Knox County Community Action Committee – Knoxville, TN
- Korean Women’s Association – Tacoma, WA
- Mahoning Youngstown Community Action Partnership – Youngstown, OH
- Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging – Easthampton, MA
- Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty – New York, NY
- Mexican American Opportunity Foundation – Montebello, CA
- National Association of RSVP Directors
- PathStone – Rochester, NY
- Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center – New York, NY
- Senior Community Outreach Services, Inc. – Alamo, TX
- South Alabama Regional Planning Commission – Mobile, AL
- The Concilio – Dallas, TX
- Three Square – Las Vegas, NV
- Tri-City Health Center – Fremont, CA
- Winston-Salem Urban League – Winston-Salem, NC
Find outreach & enrollment tools
Customizable flyer, poster, and placemat
Encourage older adults in your community to apply for SNAP with our customizable materials. Distribute these materials in places where older adults gather, shop, learn, work, and access other services.
Follow these instructions to customize the flyer, poster, and placemat with information about SNAP in your state.
Download and print this brochure to educate seniors about what SNAP is, how it will benefit them, and how to apply.
Infographic: Seniors & SNAP – 5 myths busted
Distribute this infographic to help dispel common myths that discourage older adults from applying for SNAP.
Sample messages for social media & newsletters
Spread the word about the benefits of SNAP for seniors with these sample messages for Facebook, Twitter, and newsletters.
Get tips on how to get the word out about BenefitsCheckUp®, a free online tool that screens seniors for SNAP and helps them apply.
Place these online badges on your website to help seniors find out if they qualify for SNAP and get their state application. Ask your web developer to place the following codes on your website to display the badge.
You can also find examples of successful outreach campaign materials in our Resource Library.
Take action to protect federally funded nutrition programs
Learn how you can protect federally funded nutrition programs that help millions of seniors who are struggling with hunger by using our nutrition advocacy toolkit.