Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - formerly known as the Food Stamp Program - provides low-income individuals and families with food benefits until they are able to become self-sufficient.
The purpose of SNAP is to end hunger and improve nutrition and health. The program is run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food & Nutrition Service. SNAP helps low-income households buy the food they need for a nutritionally adequate diet. Recipients spend their benefits (in the form of paper coupons or electronic benefits on debit cards) to buy eligible food in authorized retail food stores.
Eligibilty – To receive benefits a household must meet certain eligibility standards. A few of them are:
The USDA provides eligibility guidelines that you can use to determine if you might be eligible for nutrition assistance.
Benefit Amount – The amount of benefits an eligible household receives depends on the number of people in the household and the amount of income the household has. For example, a household of three people with no income can receive up to $526 a month in benefits. Households with income are expected to use about 30 percent of their own money, after certain deduction have been allowed, for food.
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