Applying For Food Stamps 
Make Your Nutrition A Priority 

Applying for food stamps should not be seen as an embarrassment or something that you feel ashamed of, instead just think of them as a helping hand. We all need a helping hand from time to time, whether it be financially or emotionally and we shouldn't be afraid to except help when it is offered.

Many families are finding it harder and harder to make ends meet and the danger is that nutrition will suffer, leading to possible illness and further expense.

A downward spiral that can be easily avoided by putting your health before debt, luckily for low income people there is this little extra help too, in the form of the food stamp scheme.


What Are Food Stamps

Food stamps also known as the SNAP program (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program) do what they say, they help you to buy food. This is a program which is run In America but when I was growing up in the UK there were similar programs running, some of you brits may even remember the Luncheon vouchers scheme.

The current food stamp program in America is designed to help certain groups of people who may find it hard due to their circumstances to be able to afford paying all of their bills as well as providing their family with nutritional food.

The system is a simple one, once you have qualified to receive food stamps you will get a sort of credit card which is topped up monthly. You use this card just as you would a normal credit card but for buying food in participating places such as

  • Grocery stores,
  • Convenience stores,
  • Markets,
  • Co-ops.

Who Qualifies?

Anyone can apply for the program from:

  • people living with roommates
  • People who are homeless 
  • People who are working or have other regular income but receive certain benefits

When applying for food stamps certain criteria are taken into consideration to determine whether or not you qualify to receive them or not. Things such as:

  • family size,
  • citizenship status,
  • household income
  • certain expenses. 

To find out if you would qualify visit www.gettingfoodstamps.org/qualify.htm to do an online assessment of your circumstances.

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