Characteristics of Elderly Individuals Participating in and Eligible for SNAP

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps low-income individuals purchase food so that they can obtain a nutritious diet. Historically, elderly adults (age 60 or older) have participated in SNAP at lower rates than the general population. Tracking the characteristics of elderly individuals participating in or eligible for SNAP and evaluating trends in elderly SNAP eligibility and participation rates across states helps better inform discussions about the design and effectiveness of SNAP policy related to elderly individuals. The research described in this brief highlights findings from a recent report on state trends in SNAP eligibility and participation among elderly individuals.