The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly the Food Stamp Program) is our nation’s most effective and widest-reaching anti-hunger program because it provides participants with a monthly benefit to purchase food and reduces overall food insecurity by at least 30%. Older adults who participate in SNAP receive on average $106 per month to help put food on the table, but only 42% of eligible seniors are participating, which means 5.2 million eligible adults age 60+ are missing out on this program. This Legal Basics webcast will explain the SNAP benefit with a focus on how it serves older adults, how to help clients access the program and receive the maximum benefit amount, and tips and strategies for overcoming access barriers.
Participants in this free webcast, Legal Basics: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), will be able to:
• Understand who the SNAP program serves;
• Identify barriers to enrollment that seniors face and learn about ways to overcome those barriers;
• Outline the process to determine SNAP eligibility; and
• Identify common problems that may require an appeal.
• Erin Kee, Associate Director, Economic Security, National Council on Aging
• Trinh Phan, Senior Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging