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.
- 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 $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 million people find over $1.1 billion in SNAP benefits.
SNAP initiative partners
- Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut – New Haven, CT
- AgeOptions – Oak Park, IL
- Benefits Data Trust – Baltimore, MD and Philadelphia, PA
- Catawba Area Agency on Aging – Rock Hill, SC
- Community Food Bank, Inc. – Tucson, AZ
- Department of Erie County Senior Services – Buffalo, NY
- Elder Law of Michigan – Lansing, MI
- ElderSource – Jacksonville, FL
- End Hunger Connecticut!, Inc. – Hartford, CT
- Feeding the Gulf Coast – Theodore, AL
- Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina – Raleigh, NC
- 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. – Bozeman, MT
- Island Harvest, Ltd – Hauppauge, NY
- Jewish Family Service of MetroWest New Jersey – Florham Park, NJ
- Just Harvest Education Fund – Pittsburgh, PA
- Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee – Knoxville, TN
- Korean Community Service Center of Greater Washington – Annandale, VA
- Korean Women’s Association – Tacoma, WA
- Mexican American Opportunity Foundation – Montebello, CA
- National Association of RSVP Project Directors, Inc. – Athens, AL
- New Bedford Council on Aging – New Bedford, MA
- Senior Community Outreach Services, Inc. – Alamo, TX
- 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
- Ventura County Area Agency on Aging – Ventura, CA
- Winston-Salem Urban League – Winston-Salem, NC