If you are struggling to put nutritious, safe food on your table, the SNAP program is here to help.
SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program. Formerly known as food stamps, the SNAP program has been helping low income people along with the disabled, the elderly and children for decades. Millions of Americans are receiving nutritious food who otherwise would not be getting the nutrition they need to live a healthy life.
The federal government is still in charge of this food supplement program. What they do is pay for the program itself, and then all 50 states handle the operating and administering costs, which helps offset the federal government's costs.
The Food and Nutrition Service is sort of like the marketing division of SNAP. What they do is spread the word about SNAP with state agencies, nutrition educators, neighborhood and faith-based organizations to ensure that people are educated on the program and they know how to apply and access this food benefit.
People approved for SNAP receive a card that resembles a credit card called an EBT card. This card can be used like an ATM card to buy SNAP approved food in the network of authorized stores.
Are You Eligible for SNAP?
You will need to meet the income guidelines and have limited resources to be eligible for SNAP. If your household includes someone elderly or disabled, you will only need to meet the net income limit.
Read This to Save Yourself Some Time
Before you receive the SNAP contact information, let’s go through the list of those who are NOT eligible for SNAP. If you fall under any one of these descriptions, you do not qualify for SNAP. You will only be wasting time if you apply, so read through this list carefully:
If you are…
- a worker on strike
- a college student
- an undocumented immigrant
...you are not eligible to apply for SNAP.
Also, some legal immigrants may be denied. Able-bodied adults without children can only receive SNAP benefits for 3 months except when you are in a work-training program or working at least 20 hours per week.