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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Provides Benefits for Millions of Adults Ages 50 and Older

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the food stamp program, is the nation’s largest federal nutrition program and an important safety net for adults ages 50 and older. In 2016, over 40 percent of SNAP households had at least one adult ages 50 or older. This Fact Sheet provides an overview of the SNAP program’s eligibility criteria and provides state-level data on average benefit amounts, household composition and size, and participation levels among SNAP households with older adults.