This report sheds light on the importance of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for older adults and the positive impacts of the temporary increase in SNAP benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic. SNAP — the nation’s first defense against hunger — is vital to participants’ food security, nutrition, and health, and to the economy.

FRAC was commissioned by AARP Foundation to undertake a study to better understand the impact that temporary pandemic-related SNAP benefit increases had on the health, nutrition, and overall well-being of older adults as well as their perceptions of SNAP.