Promising Practices in Senior SNAP Enrollment

Only 41% of low-income older adults who qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or Food Stamps) are enrolled in the food benefit. Stigma, application complexity, lack of awareness about the benefit, and a (often erroneous) belief that the benefit value is not worth the application all contribute to the under-enrollment of seniors into SNAP.

This webinar will showcase ways that organizations have addressed these challenges and boosted senior SNAP enrollment in their communities. Participants will learn:

  • Achievements of the Senior SNAP Enrollment Initiative; funded with support from the Walmart Foundation, this Initiative supports grants to organizations conducting senior SNAP outreach and enrollment and has already helped tens of thousands of seniors access food assistance.
  • Successful strategies from the Korean Women’s Association, a Senior SNAP Enrollment Initiative grantee that has helped over 1,000 seniors—especially those with limited English—apply for SNAP in Washington State.
  • NCOA’s new Seniors & SNAP Handbook, which highlights numerous ways that different types of organizations can conduct SNAP education and outreach.
  • Outreach and enrollment tools that your organization can use and tailor in reaching out to low-income seniors.

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