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Food/Nutrition > Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

 

Program Description:

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides benefits to low-income people that they can use to buy food to improve their diets. SNAP recipients spend their benefits (provided on an electronic card that is used like an ATM card) to buy eligible food in authorized retail food stores. Through nutrition education partners, SNAP helps clients learn to make healthy eating and active lifestyle choices.

 

General Program Requirements:

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must fall into one of two groups: (1) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $2,001 who are responsible for a person or persons age 60 and under or (2) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $3,001 who are responsible for a person or persons age 61 and over. Those group (1) and group (2) qualifiers must also have an annual household income of less than $14,079 if one person lives in the household; $18,941 if two people live in the household; $23,803 if three people live in the household; $28,665 if four people live in the household; $33,527 if five people live in the household; $38,389 if six people live in the household; $43,251 if seven people live in the household; or $48,113 if eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $4,862 for each additional person in the home.

Please note that these numbers are for contiguous U.S. states only; for detailed information Alaska or Hawaii, visit their respective SNAP pages on GovBenefits.gov.

 

Status

Active

 

Loan Terms:

Not Applicable

 

Application Process:

To use USDA's SNAP Pre-Screening Eligibility Tool, visit:
http://www.snap-step1.usda.gov/fns/

This Pre-Screening Tool is not an application for SNAP. An application for SNAP benefits must be made at your local SNAP Office.

 

Program Contact Information:

For more detailed information on SNAP, visit:
http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/Default.htm

 

Managing Agency:

U.S. Department of Agriculture
http://www.usda.gov/




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