What is the SNAP Food Stamp Program?

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, is the food stamp program of the Unites States which provides a $60 billion safety net to those at or near the national poverty level. For household to be eligible for SNAP its collective income cannot be higher than 30% of federal poverty level. At current rates the most an individual can earn and still be eligible is $14,000 annually while a family of four is limited to an annual income of $28,668. Individuals may receive a maximum of $200 and a family of four up to $668.

What is the WIC Program?

Further assistance is available through Federal grants to States to the WIC program. WIC provides funds for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk. WIC benefits can be applied in the same places as SNAP and comes in the form of vouchers which can be used at any grocery store outlet.

How do I apply for food stamps?

Start by filling out the form on the left side of this page! We'll search for private benefit programs that you pre-qualify for and show you SNAP resources and applications that you can use TODAY.

Using Food Stamps

Food Stamps can be used for any item that falls under one of the following good groups: Breads or cereals; dairy products, meats, fish, or poultry; fruits and vegetables. All frozen foods are included as well.

Food stamps cannot be used for hot foods or meals prepared for in store dining. They also cannot be used for beer, liquor, wine, or tobacco. Other items they cannot be used to purchase include: household supplies, personal care items (toothpaste, soap, etc…), pet foods and pet care products, and items like vitamins and supplements. Basically, all non-food items are excluded.

There are some exceptions made from state to state. Some states, for example, do allow the use of SNAP at limited restaurants and certain exceptions have been made during times of disaster.

Recession Increasing Food Stamp Demand

Data released by the US Department of Agriculture shows that there were over half-a-million new SNAP recipients in July of 2010, an increase of 16.69% over the previous year. These results verify participation continues to rise at a dramatic rate. In spite of recent government claims to the end of the current recession, Food Stamp claims are still significantly ahead of last year’s pace.