Nutrition Services Incentive Program (NSIP)

Eligibility Requirements

Last Modified: 02/27/2014

NSIP is administered Federally by the Department of Health and Human Service's Administration for Community Living, and in States by State Units on Aging. To determine if you are eligible, please contact the Unit for Aging in your State.

  • Eligibility Requirements. Age is the only factor used in determining eligibility. People 60 years of age or older and their spouses, regardless of age, are eligible for NSIP benefits. ITOs may select an age below 60 for defining an "older" person for their tribes. In addition, the following individuals may also receive meals through NSIP: 
  • Disabled people under age 60 who live in elderly housing facilities where congregate meals are served; 
  • Disabled persons who reside at home and accompany elderly participants to meals; and
  • Volunteers who assist in the meal service.
  • How to Apply. Contact your State distributing agency (SDA) for further assistance. For a list of SDA Contacts that includes those which administers NSIP, CSFP, TEFAP, and the Schools/Child Nutrition Commodity Programs, click here.