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Reaching the Underserved Elderly and Working Adults in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

2009-2013
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U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service

Mathematica evaluated demonstration programs in six states—Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Washington—that focused on increasing SNAP access to the underserved elderly and working adults.

Low participation rates for low-income elderly and working adults in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) have been a persistent concern. Responding to a congressional mandate, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, funded demonstration programs in six states—Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Washington—that focused on increasing SNAP access to either of these two target populations. The demonstrations operated in one to four local pilot sites in each state. Mathematica was awarded a contract to evaluate the demonstrations. The evaluation documented the design, implementation, and operation of each demonstration; assessed effects on SNAP applications and participation rates; and estimated demonstration costs.

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