Senior SNAP Pilot Project
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, is a powerful tool in the fight against hunger. Here in New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy has recognized the power of this program, and has increased the minimum SNAP payment for all New Jerseyans to $95 a month.
According to the US Department of Agriculture, almost half of low-income older adults who are eligible for SNAP participate in the program in New Jersey. Even though special rules allow for wider SNAP eligibility for older adults, older Americans are less likely to participate in SNAP than almost any other demographic group.
As part of a pilot project to help more seniors apply for SNAP, Hunger Free New Jersey has created a set of outreach materials to prepare frontline staff in senior day centers and senior living facilities as they assist in the application process.