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How To Qualify For Food Stamps

Food stamps can be a life saver in tough economic times. This guide will help you navigate the qualification process.


  • TIP: Not everything you own counts. Your home and the land it is on don't count and, depending on its usage, your car or truck may not count either.
  • Step 1: Contact your local Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program office to apply for food stamps.
  • FACT: Did you know? In 2007, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that 13 million households were sometimes uncertain of having enough food because they had insufficient money and other resources for food.
  • Step 2: Ensure that your household resources, including bank accounts, stocks, and cash, don't exceed the $2,000 limit for assets. If your household includes someone over 60 years old, that number increases to $3,000.
  • Step 3: Register for work and enroll in an employment program if you are able-bodied and between the ages of 18 and 60.
  • Step 4: Be sure that you are a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or that you have qualified alien status.
  • TIP: If you have internet access, type "FNS SNAP eligibility screening tool" into a search engine. Answer the qualifying questions you find about income, immigration, disability status, and provide your birth date to determine whether you are eligible to receive food stamps.
  • Step 5: Make sure you have a social security number; this is a requirement for receiving food stamps.

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