NCOA’s Senior SNAP Enrollment Initiative is designed to fight senior hunger by increasing the effectiveness of community-based organizations and agencies that help older adults enroll in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). With support from the Walmart Foundation, NCOA has distributed over $2 million in grants to more than 40 community-based organizations and agencies that conduct SNAP outreach and assist older adults with the application process.
About this brief
After awarding a second round of grants in 2015, NCOA engaged Social Policy Research Associates (SPR) to produce a brief that summarizes promising practices in outreach, application assistance, and follow-up, and may be replicated by community organizations seeking effective ways to increase senior SNAP enrollment and to alleviate senior hunger.
The practices selected were drawn from four grantees:
- Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut (AASCC)
- DC Hunger Solutions (DCHS)
- Korean Women’s Association (KWA)
- Senior Community Outreach Services (SCOS), Inc.
- BenefitsCheckUp®: Help seniors find out if they’re eligible for SNAP and download their application.
- SNAP outreach and enrollment tools: Use these materials to encourage older adults to apply for SNAP.
- Seniors & SNAP Best Practices Handbook: find other examples of promising strategies to boost senior SNAP participation.