The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the largest food and nutrition assistance program in the United States. Burdens associated with SNAP recertification often lead to administrative churn, when a household experiences a gap in SNAP benefit receipt. Older adults are at risk of experiencing benefit gaps, which may negatively impact their health and nutrition. This brief summarizes results of a recent study that examined administrative churn among Missouri SNAP participants aged 60 years and older. The authors call for program changes that reduce the frequency and duration of churn among older adults.
SNAP, Older Adults, Food Security
Gerontology | Public Policy | Social Welfare | Sociology
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The authors thank Lauryn Quick for research assistance on this study. Financial support for this study was received by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service through the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research (Grant # 3200002889-20-245). The findings and conclusions in this brief are those of the authors and should not be construed to represent any official USDA or U.S. Government determination or policy. The authors acknowledge the services and support of the Center for Aging and Policy Studies at Syracuse University, funded by the National Institutes of Health NIA Center Grant P30AG066583. Finally, the authors thank Alexandra Punch and Shannon Monnat for editorial assistance on this brief.
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service: University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research,National Institutes of Health NIA Center Grant
Heflin, Colleen; Hodges, Leslie; Arteaga, Irma A.; Ojinnaka, Chinedum O.; and Alphonso, Gabriella, "Older Adults on SNAP Experience Gaps in Benefits" (2022). Population Health Research Brief Series. 200.
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