Senior Hunger & SNAP

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.

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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 $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! – Hartford, 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

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.