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Strengthening the Food Stamp Program To Serve Low-Income Seniors

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Publication Date: March 2008

Publisher(s): Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Stacy Dean

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Health (Food and nutrition)
Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Keywords: Economic projections; Food insecurity; Senior citizen; Food costs

Type: Report


Many Americans do not realize that millions of seniors in our country live in poverty and cannot always afford an adequate diet.   This is a complex problem requiring several responses, such as strengthening federal food assistance programs for seniors, improving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, and removing disincentives for low-income families to save for retirement.