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​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 of depression

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

How to apply

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. 

  • Apply online using COMPASSWhen you input your information, the system will provide you with a simplified application. If you run into problems, call the COMPASS Helpline at 1-800-692-7462. Hearing-impaired? Call 1-800-451-5886. The helpline is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday. 
  • Apply in person via your county assistance office. An expert can help you through the process.