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.
- Help a hungry senior apply for SNAP: Visit NCOA’s BenefitsCheckUp® website to help seniors see if they’re eligible for SNAP and apply online.
- Get the facts about SNAP and senior hunger: Learn key statistics about senior food insecurity and SNAP enrollment in this downloadable fact sheet.
- Spread awareness on social media: Share stories and images of real seniors to help spread the word about SNAP in your community.
- Find outreach and enrollment tools: Use these materials to encourage older adults to apply for SNAP and help them enroll in the program.
- Help protect federally-funded nutrition programs: Learn how you can protect federally funded nutrition programs that help millions of seniors who are struggling with 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! – 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