Senior Programs

Those ages 60 and over can access food and other resources from many sources.
SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Program, formerly known as Food Stamps)
Senior Centers
Meals on Wheels
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as Food Stamps)

SNAP benefits can help you buy food, even if you go to a senior center or receive home-delivered meals. Applying is easy and convenient—you can get application assistance at many senior centers. Depending on your income, you may also be able to get emergency benefits, which are delivered quicker than usual.

Once you receive your food stamp debit card, you can use it locally at participating supermarkets, bodegas, farmers’ markets and co-ops.

Allowances are issued on a monthly basis to be used in place of cash to purchase food items at participating stores and supermarkets. With some exceptions, citizenship is required.


For many households with those who are 60 or older or disabled, there is no limit to the amount of assets/savings when determining eligibility forSNAP. So everyone is encouraged to apply!


Monthly limit for one person: $1,180; couples: $1,594.

If you are 60 or older or disabled, you should apply even if your income is more than these limits. Your income is calculated individually and may be affected by living arrangements and out-of-pocket medical expenses.

You will find out if you are eligible once you complete a full food stamp budget form, using the income deductions that apply to you. Different income deductions apply in specific situations such as having no cooking facility, living in a shelter or only one spouse applying.

To see if you may qualify, call 1-855-692-4322. Representatives speak English, Spanish, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole and Russian.

Or click here for more information.

Senior Centers

There are more than 256 senior centers in New York City, all of which offer health and wellness programming, as well as at least one nutritious meal during the week. These centers also offer a full calendar of activities from bingo and gardening to movies and field trips. Click here to find one near you.

Meals on Wheels

If you’re unable to get to a senior center, home-delivered meals are an option. Click here to learn more. 

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

If you are a grandparent raising your grandchildren in your home, you may be eligible for SNAPWIC or school breakfast programs.