Eating Well As You Get Older

Frequently Asked Questions

31. Which Federal Government programs help low-income older adults buy food?

  • The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) -- formerly the Food Stamp Program -- helps qualified people buy groceries. This program helps people with low incomes get enough to eat while encouraging good nutrition and health. For more information, go to SNAP
  • The Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program gives older adults with low incomes coupons that can be used at farmers' markets, roadside stands, and some other places. The coupons can be exchanged for fresh, nutritious, locally grown vegetables, fruits, and herbs. For more information, go to Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program
  • The Child and Adult Care Food Program provides meals and snacks to eligible older adults taking part in adult day care programs. For more information, go to Child and Adult Care Food Program
  • The Commodity Supplemental Food Program provides some vegetables, fruits, grain products, dry beans, and canned meats to eligible older people to supplement their own food. For more information, go to Commodity Supplemental Food Program
  • The Emergency Food Assistance Program provides food needed by low-income older adults who might not have enough to eat. For more information, go to the Emergency Food Assistance Program

For more information about these and other food assistance programs, including home-delivered meals, contact your Area Agency on Aging or call the Eldercare Locator toll free at 1-800-677-1116.