SNAP provides participants with benefits loaded monthly onto a debit-like card to help pay for groceries. There are 8.7 million households with adults age 50 and older participating in the program, though many more are eligible. SNAP may go by a different name in your state.
The truth about SNAP. There’s a lot of misinformation out there about SNAP, who it’s for, and how it works. Here’s information you can rely on.
To find out if you are eligible for SNAP, please visit the USDA SNAP Eligibility Requirements website.
Food security isn’t just about having enough food to eat. It’s about having enough good, nutritious food to sustain you and keep you healthy.
Some 10 million people over 50 are classified as having low or very low food security. Assistance programs such as SNAP are designed to address the problem of food insecurity throughout the U.S. population.
AARP Foundation and the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) hosted a webinar to discuss strategies that can ease the food versus medicine dilemma for older SNAP households, including the medical expense deduction. Presenters reviewed strategies for streamlining state excess medical deduction policies and effective outreach to help SNAP participants who are older adults or have a disability get the correct amount of SNAP benefits.