The Real Benefits of Food Stamps

SNAP or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, benefits are distributed to participants in the program through a monthly food allowance sent to their EBT cards, which functions like a debit card. The program also brings more business to groceries and farmer's markets who receive SNAP payments.

Many believe that only working people can receive SNAP benefits. On the contrary, more than half of the recipients are either the elderly or children without jobs. And work-age individuals just have some additional requirements that they must fulfill to qualify for SNAP.

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15 Tips on Stretching Your Budget for Healthy Food

1. Calculate how much your food budget should be before your grocery trip. It will help you decide which foods are a better buy.

2. Make a meal plan for the week which uses similar vegetables and fruits that are prepared in different ways. This way, you can make the most out of the produce that you buy.

3. In season vegetables and fruits are fresher and cost less. Buy them at a farmer's market or at the local grocery store.

4. Look for sales and good deals at the grocery store or by using coupons. Take note to buy food on sale or use coupons only for foods that your family will eat.

5. Growing your own fruits and vegetables in pots or at your yard can also help in lessening your food costs.

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