TitleUnderstanding SNAP use patterns among older adults
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsGiordono, L, Rothwell, D, Grutzmacher, SK, Edwards, M
JournalApplied Economic Perspectives and Policy
Date Published02/2022

Participation rates by older adults in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) have increased since 2010 but remain lower than other groups despite high food insecurity. This study examines patterns of SNAP participation among older adults aged 51–69 years. Using longitudinal SNAP administrative data from Oregon (2014–2018), we find that older adults with long-term SNAP receipt (>55 months) represent the majority of this group at any given time, suggesting that lower participation rates likely reflect challenges of take-up, rather than persistence. But younger cohorts (ages 51–59) experience lower persistence than older cohorts (ages 60–69), suggesting that approaching retirement presents a distinct set of challenges.

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