Local State Medicaid, Food Stamp and Welfare Offices administrates your local state benefit programs. Medicaid provides health care services to individuals that meet requirements for income, resources and citizenship. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, helps low-income people buy food. Welfare program give assistance to those who have little or no income. Individuals may apply for Medicaid, Food Stamp or Welfare benefits at any local Medicaid – Food Stamp – Welfare office, by mail, telephone, fax, e-mail, or at designated agencies.