(MoneyHippo.com) – The US federal government developed a program that helps low-income families buy nutritious food — the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) funds SNAP, previously referred to as food stamps, and individual states administer the benefit to give eligible people the means to feed themselves and their families. To qualify, you must meet certain income levels, resource limits, work parameters, and other conditions which may vary by location and year.
Some areas partner with SNAP benefits to give shoppers more opportunities to access adequate nutrition.
You can visit the USDA website to see if you qualify for the program. All you have to do is click on your state, navigate the corresponding website, and fill out an application. You can also apply in person at your local Social Security office.
You’ll need the following:
- A driver’s license or some other form of identification
- Proof of income
- Details about certain monthly expenses, like childcare, rent, and utilities
The USDA offers other ways to save money on food, including resources to stretch your dollars at the grocery store or farmers’ markets by providing recipes, nutritional education, seasonal produce guidance, and information about where to find healthy food in your region.
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