Lessons Learned in SNAP Outreach to Immigrant and Rural Seniors

Millions of older adults (i.e., age 60 and over) remain eligible for, but not enrolled in, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the nation’s most vital assistance program that helps people with limited incomes afford food.

Sign on storefront indicating they accept SNAP benefits

Certain population groups are more likely to be food insecure but less likely to be enrolled in SNAP. These include rural residents, immigrants whose first language is not English, minorities, and those with disabilities.

With generous support from the Walmart Foundation, NCOA’s Senior SNAP Enrollment Initiative has been working to increase senior SNAP enrollment through online outreach and a network of community-based organizations. Seven of these organizations received grants to specifically target two underserved groups of seniors: immigrants and rural residents.

The following reports highlight the challenges they faced, and overcame, in conducting this outreach, and offer examples of seniors who now are able to afford nutritious food thanks to SNAP enrollment.

Reports: Reaching Immigrant Seniors

Reports: Reaching Rural Seniors

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