Fact Sheet Nutrition Assistance for Older Adults
Sheila R. Zedlewski, Philip Issa
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While a surprisingly small share of low-income older adults receives government nutrition assistance, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) and Meals on Wheels (MOW) home delivery program provide important food assistance to them. During 2007 and 2008, about 2 in 10 low-income older adults received assistance from one of these programs; only 1 percent reported getting help from both. Receipt of SNAP declines with age and receipt of MOW rises with age, indicating that these programs tend to complement each other.
Research Areas Aging and retirement Social safety net
Tags Economic well-being Hunger and food assistance Food insecurity and hunger Retirement policy
Policy Centers Income and Benefits Policy Center