Older Adults Received February SNAP Benefits Early: Impact and Next Steps

What does this mean for SNAP participants?

This means that many seniors are budgeting to make their benefits last until March. For some it could be up to 60 days between their last benefit in January and their next in March. When they received their last benefit, SNAP participants were alerted that it could be an extended period of time before another distribution would be made. While the government is open again, the impact on SNAP participants continues. To help close the gap between distributions, the states are permitted to modify March distributions as much as possible.

What does this mean for SNAP participants?

This means that many seniors are budgeting to make their benefits last until March. For some it could be up to 60 days between their last benefit in January and their next in March. When they received their last benefit, SNAP participants were alerted that it could be an extended period of time before another distribution would be made. While the government is open again, the impact on SNAP participants continues. To help close the gap between distributions, the states are permitted to modify March distributions as much as possible.

How can SNAP participants get help now?

People who have already spent their February benefits and need access to food can visit NCOA’s online screening tool BenefitsCheckUp®. It can help older adults find communal or congregate meals in their area, connect them with other emergency food programs like the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), Senior Grocery programs, and their local food bank.

DAAA has a Congregate Meal Program that provides nutritious meals to people 60 years or older and their spouses five days a week, Monday through Friday at various locations in the community. All facilities are barrier-free and handicap accessible. There is no charge for the meal, however, contributions are encouraged, accepted, and used to improve the program. Nutrition education is provided regularly and transportation to and from the meal site is provided at some locations.