With the economy still in a slump and the job market currently posting dismal statistics, many American families are turning to the government for help. One federally funded program that is especially helpful to many people is the food stamp program. If you or your family needs help, there are a few things that may help you apply for and receive food stamps.
You will need to either visit your local social services department or locate the food stamp program on the official website for your state. Most states do have online applications.
The income requirements do vary by state. The number of people in your household will be considered as will the cash value of your personal property or any investments that you may have. It is important to include all of your financial information on your application because failure to do so may disqualify you from the food stamp program.
You may need to furnish pay stubs or tax records to accompany your application. You will also be asked for the amounts of your outstanding bills for necessities, like rent, electricity and water. Your income will be balanced against your expenses and your family’s needs to determine your eligibility. This will…
At first glance, an application for food stamps looks complicated. There is no doubt that there is a lot of required information and all of it is going to be taken into consideration when the state or country determines your eligibility and the amount of food stamps you will receive monthly. There are some definite dos and don’ts when it comes to filling out the application.
First of all, although this should go without saying, make sure everything entered onto the application is spelled correctly. If you enter your address or your telephone number incorrectly, the social services department may not be able to contact you.
Make sure you list every person who lives in your home and their financial contribution to your household. You will need complete names, social security numbers and birth dates for all of the occupants of your home. The social services office will ask you if other adult members of your household provide and cook their own foods.
You will also be asked for detailed financial information. If you are working, you will have to provide at least one month’s worth of pay stubs or direct deposit information. You’ll also need to provide proof of bank account balances…
Food Stamps are a program which helps low income family and individual afford food. Some of the most frequently asked questions are below.
Who is eligible?
1. Families with children who meet the income requirements. The amount will vary depending on the number of children you have and other necessary expenses your household has.
2. Unemployed individuals – If you have lost your job, you could be eligible to apply for food stamp benefits, whether you collect unemployment or not.
3. Persons over the age of 65. Individuals who receive Medicare or social security may be eligible for benefits.
4. College students with little or no income who are not dependent on their parents for support
Where to apply
5. Food Stamps are a federal program which is run at the state level. In most municipalities, benefits are administered by a local Children and Family Services office.
6. Some locations will require you to visit a local office to apply for food stamp benefits, while others allow you to apply online.
What you will need to apply
7. Verification of income. If anyone in the household works, you will need to provide pay stubs to verify the information.
8. Social security numbers of everyone in the household. This includes anyone…
Eligibility for the food stamps program depends on the applicant being able to successfully show or provide evidence of residency status, income, ongoing changes, resources, and work.
Citizenship must be proven by a birth certificate. Valid immigration status requires proof of residency status or a valid exception for entry into the U.S. (i.e. humanitarian reasons). For non-citizens, applicants must then be able to show they have been in the U.S. for at least five years to be eligible.
Income is measured as gross income below 130 percent of established Federal poverty level or FPL. The applicant is then tested for net income metrics, which allows certain deductions for utilities, a standard deduction, medical and dependent care, and shelter. The net calculation has to be below 100 percent of the federal poverty level to continue food stamp eligibility. Some types of income can be excluded as well, including non-monetary help from others, grants or scholarships, irregular income that is less than $30 a month, and charity organization gifts under $300 in a quarter.
Where an applicant’s situation has changed, particularly with income, that information has to be reported to the food stamp program and evaluated for continued eligibility. The change has to be reported…