Characteristics of Elderly Individuals Participating in and Eligible for SNAP (Issue Brief)
- In an average month in fiscal year (FY) 2014, 10 percent of SNAP participants were elderly individuals, and 19 percent of participating SNAP households included at least one elderly member.
- From FY 2008 to FY 2014, the average monthly number of elderly SNAP participants increased by 85 percent, from 2.5 million in FY 2008 to 4.6 million in FY 2014.
- From FY 2008 to FY 2014, the number of elderly SNAP participants increased by over 50 percent in 40 states, and by 100 percent or more in 21 states.
- Nationally, about 14 million, or 19 percent, of all SNAP-eligible individuals were age 60 or older.
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