1 in 10 Seniors Relies on Food Stamps

November 5, 2018

Older Americans are having trouble putting food on the table, according to a new study conducted by the AARP in conjunction with the Food Research and Action Center. The study found that 10 percent of households with seniors aged 60 and over receive benefits from the government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), more commonly referred to as food stamps.

The percentage of senior households that receive SNAP benefits is consistent across different areas. The study looked at 3,142 counties and found that 10 percent of senior households received SNAP benefits in metropolitan areas and small towns, while 11 percent did so in rural areas.

The number of senior SNAP beneficiaries is expected to climb in coming years, as more baby boomers retire.

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