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SNAP for Older Adults

Millions of older adults are eligible for food assistance from SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. See if you qualify and learn how SNAP can help pay for food and ensure good nutrition as you age.

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What Is SNAP?

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, helps nearly 5 million older Americans afford food at their local markets. Learn more about the federal program and how to find out if you or a loved one is eligible.

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Learn how following a 7- or 5-day healthy meal plan can free up time for leisure activities and stretch your food budget and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

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Age and disability status can limit employment and lead to income-related hardships, yet many veterans aren’t aware they qualify for food stamps.

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SNAP Assistance: Are Veterans Entitled to Benefits?

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Mar 21, 2022

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Wondering how to save money grocery shopping? Smart habits can add up to significant savings with every trip to the store, including learning more about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Mar 21, 2022

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Fresh produce is springing up in grocery stores and farm stands. Learn how you can add variety and nutrition to your plate with affordable seasonal fruits and veggies using your SNAP benefits.

Mar 20, 2022

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Two bags of groceries filled with fresh produce sit atop a kitchen counter. Thousands of farmers markets across the U.S. now accept SNAP EBT cards for payment. Find out what this means for you.

Mar 17, 2022

An Older Adult's Guide to Using SNAP at Farmers Markets

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Healthy eating habits for older adults include eating more whole foods, getting enough protein, and limiting sodium. SNAP can make it more affordable to stick to healthy eating guidelines.

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Which stores accept EBT? They range from small convenience stores to major grocery chains and superstores like Walmart.

Mar 11, 2022

Where Can I Use SNAP Benefits?

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A farmers market stand loaded with fresh fruits and vegetables (Pike Place in downtown Seattle).

Mar 10, 2022

Do Farmers Markets Accept SNAP?

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Your EBT card can be used to purchase eligible food items at Walmart, grocery stores, and other retailers that accept SNAP.

Mar 9, 2022

How Does an EBT Card Work? A Guide for Older Adults

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A corgi sits in front its food bowl, ready to eat. SNAP benefits only cover food for human household members and cannot be used to purchase pet food.

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Can You Buy Pet Food with SNAP?

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A senior Black woman is outside in her garden planting vegetables for food. If you have the time, space, and ability to start a small garden, you may be happy to learn that you can use your SNAP benefits to do it. Under program guidelines, you can purchase seeds and plant starts that, over time, can prove to be more economical than buying produce in the store.

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An elderly caucasian woman is sitting in a motorized wheelchair picking out produce at the grocery store. If you're wondering if you qualify for SNAP while on disability, the answer is yes. It’s possible to qualify for and receive SNAP benefits while you also collect Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments.

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Can I Get SNAP if I’m on Disability?

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A senior woman is talking to her daughter and granddaughter at the island in her kitchen, smiling. More than 25% of SNAP-eligible households include adults over 60. Income guidelines change each year—we’ll help you see if you qualify for this helpful benefit.

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A senior Black woman is picking out carrots in the produce section.

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Aug 20, 2021

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A senior Hispanic woman wearing a mask is shopping at a farmer's market picking out fresh produce.

Jun 2, 2021

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Senior Asian man is paying at the grocery register with his two granddaughters, while all are wearing their masks during the pandemic.

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