For those who have a low amount of income, it can start to become difficult trying to keep yourself and/or your family fed while also paying all of the bills. If it turns out that you keep having trouble making ends meet, you might want to consider applying for what’s called the SNAP program, or the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program. This program is more commonly known as “food stamps”, and the process of applying is different for every state. Many states offer online applications, but some may only have an in-person method of applying. Either way, it’s pretty straightforward getting started.
You can get started by visiting the USDA government website, which has a lot of information as to how to apply, the kind of benefits you get, and so on. They also have information listings for every state, so that you can quickly get going.
Once you’ve gone through the process of applying, you’ll receive what’s called an EBT card, which essentially acts as a special debit card that can only be used on certain food-related purchases (mostly groceries). Typically they cannot be used for fast food, restaurants, or general spending. SNAP is purely for grocery items and more nutritional foods.
Applying online is the easiest and most straightforward way to get food stamps, but unfortunately not every state offers an online application. The USDA website will give you precise listings as to which states have online applications, as well as links to their respective websites which you can follow and get started. Some of the states that allow online applications include California, Washington, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, Michigan, Colorado, Texas, Utah, and many more.
It should be noted that you cannot apply for food stamps directly on the FNS website. It must be completed on your respective state’s website.
If your state does not offer online applications, or you would prefer not to apply online, you can instead contact your local SNAP office. The USDA website allows you to select a state and get a listing of local SNAP offices with addresses, directions, and so on.
The only problem with applying in person is that the nearest SNAP office may be quite far away. If you find that you’re always struggling for food, however, it can be well worth the trip especially if you don’t have access to an Internet connection and/or computer.
Although food stamps are primarily designed for nutritious food items that are to be consumed at home, they can still be used for non-nutritious items such as ice cream, cakes, crackers, and so on. The government currently does not forbid these items from being purchased, but you should keep in mind that you’ll only have a limited amount of money to buy food. Thus, it should be used wisely. Not to mention, avoiding junk food is better for your health in the long run, even if it does seem to fill you up for the moment. Either way, food stamps are of enormous help when you’re low on funds and just need to sustain yourself.