SNAP for Older Adults

Studies have shown that older adults who are food insecure have: 

  • Diets that are less nutritious
  • Worse health outcomes
  • A higher risk for depression

In contrast, seniors enrolled in SNAP have better health and need less acute and long-term care.

 Senior SNAP Smiling Grandpa

Do I qualify?

Eligibility for SNAP is based on factors such as household income and available resources. The COMPASS website has a "Do I Qualify?" tool, or visit your county assistance office to learn more.  


Applying is easier than ever! 

Have the following ready:
  • Dates of birth for all members of your household
  • Social Security numbers for all members of your household
  • Household income information
  • Household expense information
    • Housing costs (such as rent or mortgage)
    • Medical expenses 
Apply online or in person

There is a shortened, two-page application for Pennsylvanians 60 or older and/or with disabilities and no earned income. 



When meeting with older adults and stakeholders, they told us that they would like to have a brochure they could hand out among peers and people they serve. There is a version with an open panel for partners to include their branding. Please feel free to download, print, and distribute. We appreciate your help in informing older Pennsylvanians about SNAP! 

Senior SNAP Brochure, color thumbnailSenior SNAP Brochure, BW thumbnail                      
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• Download color
version with open space for logo
• Download black
& white version
with open space for logo