The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federal nutrition program that helps low-income individuals buy healthy food through cash benefits. Formerly known as Food Stamps, SNAP provides cash benefits each month that can be used to buy food at supermarkets, grocery stores and some farmers’ markets.
This program can be a vital resource for older adults and people with disabilities who may be living on a fixed income. Families enrolled in SNAP may also be prequalified for other assistance programs, such as receiving school lunches at a reduced price or for free.
Older adults may also be eligible for the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program. This provides eligible recipients with vouchers that can be redeemed for fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs at local, authorized farmers markets. Local agencies likes senior centers and social services offices distribute these benefits.