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Issue Brief

Efforts to Increase Access to SNAP for Homebound Seniors through Purchasing and Delivery Services

Title
Efforts to Increase Access to SNAP for Homebound Seniors through Purchasing and Delivery Services
Date
October 2015
Author(s)
Jennifer Pooler, MPP, Steve Garasky, Ph.D., Vanessa Hoffman. MPH
Market
Social Programs
Practice Areas
Nutrition Programs
Services
Applied Research Studies

Americans aged 60 and over account for nearly 1 in 10 participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP; formerly the Food Stamp Program), though less than half of eligible, low-income elderly adults participate in the program.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), which administers SNAP, has taken steps in recent years to improve enrollment processes and timeliness, and to increase access to foods for this population.

This issue brief explores a FNS rule governing SNAP food retailers that will allow purchasing and delivery (P&D) services of SNAP foods to homebound participants and participants with a disability. We also outline the potential impact and challenges of implementing this rule.