NCOA SNAP Handbook_Page_01The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly the Food Stamp program) is an important benefit for lower income older adults and people with disabilities, who often live on fixed budgets that can force them to make difficult trade-offs that affect their health.

Despite the importance of the program for seniors’ health and economic well-being, people over 60 have the lowest SNAP take-up rate of all demographic groups. As of 2013, it is estimated that only 41% of eligible people over 60 are enrolled in the program.


The purpose of the Seniors & SNAP Best Practices Handbook is to demonstrate best practices from the NCOA’s Senior SNAP Enrollment Initiative. These practices can be replicated by community-based organizations nationwide to assist seniors with SNAP enrollment and improve food security. In this handbook, you will learn about:

  • SNAP eligibility, application, and guidelines
  • Boosting senior SNAP enrollment in your community
  • Outreach and communications
  • Advocating for SNAP

Additional Resources

This handbook was developed with generous support from the Walmart Foundation.

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