About Food Stamps

As we stated in our introductory post, this site will cover all low income government assistance programs to give you all the information you need to apply. Today, we are going to cover food assistance. The Food Assistance Program, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps low income individuals and households purchase food that promotes good health. SNAP is a federally funded through the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service and the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. The Food and Nutrition Service works with state agencies, nutrition educators, and neighborhood organizations to ensure that those eligible for assistance can apply for the program and access benefits.

If you and/or your household is eligible to receive SNAP benefits, you will receive a monthly benefit allowance that can be used to purchase approved food items. Benefits are disbursed on the same day each month to a plastic debit-like card, also known as an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. Your EBT card is used at point-of-sale terminals to purchase approved food items such as bread, cereal, fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and more. You cannot purchase alcoholic beverages, tobacco, prepared food, vitamins, medicine, household supplies, grooming items or pet food with your EBT card.

Your EBT card also only be used at approved grocery locations. If you want to know whether your local grocery store accepts EBT as a form of payment, look for the EBT logo in the store front window. If you cannot location the EBT logo, then give your local grocery store a call or ask the customer service desk. They will be able to help you out.

To determine your eligibility for SNAP, you must first meet certain income requirements. Other factors such as household size and expenses are also considered when determining eligibility for the food assistance program. The first thing you need to know when determining eligibility is your total monthly gross income. Your monthly gross income and household size will be compared to the federal poverty level to determine if you qualify and for what amount. Expenses such as childcare, medical expenses and housing costs are subtracted from your gross income amount. To see if you qualify, please refer to the Income Eligibility chart, which is also shown below.

"snap income chart"

If you believe you qualify for SNAP benefits based on the Income Eligibility chart, we can help you determine an estimated amount of monthly benefits you and your household may receive. The Food Stamp Calculator will help give you an estimated amount of food assistance benefits you can expect to receive each month. Once you have determined that you qualify for food stamps, click here to apply and start the application process.

The surprising thing is that not all families know that they qualify, especially senior who are over 65 who qualify as the video below shows.

We hope this information regarding SNAP benefits was helpful to you. If you have any questions or information you would like to provide regarding the food stamp program feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

About This Blog

Low Income Assistance Blog aims to be a champion for low income families looking for federal assistance programs. There are several low income assistance program that the federal government provides that many families do not know they have access to or qualify for. This includes the following:

SNAP Food Stamps
Women, Infant and Children Program (WIC)
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
Social Security Supplemental Security Income
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

We plan to cover these programs individually, showing you what you need to be eligible to apply and how to put in a strong application that will increase your chances of getting approved. Most of the time, when people are denied for these programs, it’s not because they don’t qualify. It’s more to do with lack of information – so they submit incomplete applications or are unable to explain their need in detail to the case worker or they don’t take the application process as seriously as they should.


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