Debunking the $16 SNAP Myth

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps) is a valuable tool for many seniors who experience difficulty affording nutritious meals. Yet many seniors—and the people who serve them—still believe that they will qualify for only the minimum benefit amount ($16 a month).This inaccurate assumption means that millions of older adults facing food insecurity do not bother to apply for SNAP. Without this assistance, many continue to make choices between paying for food or medicine, and risk their health and independence in doing so.This fact sheet outlines the facts about SNAP benefits, and offers messages that those who counsel seniors can use to counter the $16 myth.