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Can I apply for food stamps?

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is also commonly known as food stamps.

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The program is designed to help low-income individuals and households.


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How do I know if I’m eligible?

SNAP eligibility is based primarily on household income, household’s combined resources, and the employment status of claimants. Find more details here.

Food stamp eligibility is based largely on your household size. There is a higher payment limit for households with more people. The maximum gross monthly income is 130% of the federal poverty level.

For most claimants to receive SNAP benefits, they may not exceed $2,250 in countable resources. This includes any money in bank accounts.

There is an exception however. If your household has at least one person over 60 or  is disabled, the limit is increased to $3,500.

Employment is also taken into consideration. You can’t intentionally leave a job or reduce working hours to satisfy the required.


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Are there exceptions?

These guidelines are general and will apply to mist recipients. However, if the claimant is elderly, disabled, pregnant, or under 18 years old, the employment requirement could be waived.

The support is noy limited to American citizens, some legally admitted groups can also claim food stamp benefits.

The federal food stamps page lays out the eligibility guidelines for non-citizens.


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