NCOA Empowers Older Adults to Access Nearly $100 Million for Healthy Food


The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a respected national leader and trusted partner to help people aged 60+ meet the challenges of aging. NCOA, with support from the Walmart Foundation, is leading a national movement to empower eligible seniors with information and assistance to access the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Food, on average, is the second highest household expenditure for people aged 65+, behind only housing costs,” said Lura Barber, Director of Hunger Initiatives at NCOA. “It’s also an expense where seniors feel they can make tradeoffs. Often, they will choose less expensive processed foods over fresh vegetables and meats to stretch their food budget. This can become a threat to their health as they age. That’s where SNAP can help.”

SNAP provides financial support to eligible seniors, so they can purchase healthy food and free up their budget to cover other expenses. More than 5 million seniors are eligible for the program, but the vast majorities either don’t realize it or don’t apply for the benefit.

Seniors can find out if they are eligible for SNAP by visiting NCOA’s and answering a set of anonymous and confidential questions.  Cal Fresh is the SNAP Program for the State of California. For online Cal Fresh Applications go to