The Food Stamp Program, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is a federal assistance program that helps low-income individuals and families purchase food. SNAP provides eligible individuals with an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card that can be used like a debit card to purchase food at authorized retailers, such as grocery stores and supermarkets.
SNAP benefits are based on income, family size, and other factors, and are intended to supplement a household’s food budget. The amount of benefits a household receives is based on a formula that takes into account income, expenses, and certain deductions.
In addition to providing assistance with purchasing food, SNAP also provides nutrition education and resources to help individuals and families make healthy food choices on a budget. This includes information on meal planning, cooking, and budgeting.
SNAP is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and is available in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Eligibility and benefit amounts vary by state, and you can check with your local SNAP office to find out more information about the program in your area.
SNAP is an important program that helps millions of Americans access the food they need to live healthy, active lives.
Food Stamp program provides monthly benefits to low-income households to help pay for the cost of food. A household may be one person living alone, a family, or several, unrelated individuals living together who routinely purchase and prepare meals together.
Anyone may apply for food stamp benefits. The program helps households that have limited income and resources.