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Alabama Food Stamp Program

Applications must be filed in the county where you live. You may fax, mail, or bring the signed application to your County DHR office for processing.
To find your nearest office, visit:
http://dhr.alabama.gov/counties/county_select.aspx

For a copy of the application, visit:
http://dhr.alabama.gov/documents/FoodStampAppl.pdf

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Alabama and fall into one of two groups: (1) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $2,001, or (2) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $3,001 who share their household with a person or persons age 60 and over, or with a person with a disability (a child, your spouse, a parent, or yourself). For either group, you must also have an annual household income of less than $14,079 if one person lives in the household; $18,941 if two people live in the household; $23,803 if three people live in the household; $28,665 if four people live in the household; $33,527 if five people live in the household; $38,389 if six people live in the household; $43,251 if seven people live in the household; or $48,113 if eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $4,862 for each additional person in the home.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
Applications must be filed in the county where you live. You may fax, mail, or bring the signed application to your County DHR office for processing.
To find your nearest office, visit:
http://dhr.alabama.gov/counties/county_select.aspx

For a copy of the application, visit:
http://dhr.alabama.gov/documents/FoodStampAppl.pdf

Program Contact Information
Please visit the Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR) website to learn more about Food Stamps:

http://dhr.alabama.gov/services/Food_Assistance/Food_Assistance_Division.aspx

Postal mail should be addressed to:

50 North Ripley Street

Montgomery AL
To contact the Alabama Food Stamp Voice Response System please call in Montgomery:

1-334-242-0143
And in if you are outside Montgomery:

1-800-382-0499
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Missouri Food Stamp Program

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Food Stamp Program / Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 renamed the federal program the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) effective October 1, 2008. SNAP is designed to promote the general welfare and safeguard the health and well-being of the nation's population by raising the levels of nutrition among low-income households. The program is called the Food Stamp Program in Missouri.
How Are Food Stamps Used?

Each participating household receives an allotment of food benefits based on the USDA’s “Thrifty Food Plan”. This allotment is adjusted annually according to the U. S. Department of Labor’s analysis of the cost of food. Missouri Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) is the method by which households receive and use Food Stamp benefits.

Households may use their Missouri EBT card in any grocery store or retail location anywhere in the United States that has been authorized by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service and displays the Quest® sign. The benefits may be used to purchase any food or food products prepared for human consumption except alcoholic beverages and tobacco, hot foods, or foods prepared for immediate consumption. Benefits may also be used to buy seeds and plants for use in gardens to produce food for the personal consumption of the household. Under certain conditions, members of the eligible households who are 60 years of age or older may use the benefits to pay for home delivered meals and other meals prepared for elderly persons.

The EBT cardholder may check account balances and history of EBT transactions, and may view frequently asked cardholder questions on the web site at: www.ebtEdge.com
Do I Qualify For Food Stamp Benefits?

To see if you might qualify for Food Stamps, a pre-screening tool for the Food Stamp Program is available (published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service).

Anyone may apply for Food Stamps. To apply, complete the Food Stamp application form and return it to your local Family Support Division (FSD) office. Instructions for completing this form are also available.

English:
    Form
    Instructions
Español:
    Forma
    Instrucciones

You can return the application in person, by mail or by fax. View address information or fax numbers for FSD county offices or you may fax the application to 573-522-6220.

An interview must be completed to determine your eligibility for Food Stamp benefits. The interview can be by phone or in-person.
VOTER REGISTRATION SERVICES

A link to a voter registration application is provided. If you wish to register to vote, please download and complete the form and return it to your local FSD office. This has no impact on your application or continued eligibility for assistance.

    * Download and print the voter registration formPDF image

How do I apply for replacement of Food Stamp benefits used to purchase food which has been destroyed?

If you have lost food purchased with Food Stamp benefits due to the weather, ice storm, fire, flood, tornado, or other household misfortune outside your control, contact your local county office to complete a request for replacement. Or, you may complete this form and fax to your local office fax number or 573-522-6220.

    * Statement of Loss/Replacement Request

Related Publications/Links:

    * Missouri Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT)
          o "Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT)" pamphlet (PDF).
          o Español "Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT)" pamphlet (PDF)
    * "Important Information About Your HEARING Rights" brochure (PDF).
    * Español "Important Information About Your HEARING Rights" brochure (PDF).
    * "Simplified Reporting for the Food Stamp Program" brochure (PDF) for households subject to simplified reporting.
    * "Eat for Health - It's All About You and Your Family, Too" pamphlet (PDF).
    * "Food Stamp Work Registration" pamphlet (PDF)
    * "Food Stamp Program Changes” (PDF)
    * Food Stamp Manual
    * Manually Calculating a Food Stamp Budget (PDF)

 

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Indiana Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

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Indiana Food Stamp Program

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The Food Stamp Program is administered through each state, however 100% of benefits and 50% of administrative costs are federally funded. Federal regulations which govern implementation of the program are developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Food and Nutrition Service. In Indiana, FSSA is responsible for ensuring the federal regulations are initially implemented and consistently applied in each county.

At the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service, the Food Stamp Program name has been changed to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Indiana intends on changing the program name from Food Stamps to SNAP in the near future. For information concerning SNAP, please refer to the frequently asked questions link noted below.

    * SNAP FAQ

Indiana's Food Stamp Program is designed to raise the nutritional level of low income households. It enables low-income families to buy nutritious food through Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs, or disability.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S. W., Washington, D. C. 20250-9410 or call toll free, 1-866-632-9992. TDD users can contact USDA through local relay or Federal relay at 1-800-877-8339 (TDD) or 1-866-377-8642 (relay voice users). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

    * Where do I apply?
    * Who is eligible?
    * Vehicles
    * Income
    * When will eligible households receive benefits?
    * How are food stamps used?
    * How to check your food stamp balance
    * The right to appeal

 

 

 

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Mesa County, Colorado Food Stamp Program

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The Food Assistance or Food Stamp Program provides supplemental assistance to help low-income individuals and families purchase food.

Food Stamp benefits are based on household composition and income and resources of all household members. Benefits are issued through the Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) System by using the QUEST card, which is similar to a debit card.

The Employment First Program, operated at the Mesa County Workforce Center in collaboration with Hilltop Community Resources, provides job search and placement services for Food Stamp Assistance recipients.

Low-income people may apply for food stamps assistance at the Mesa County Department of Human Services Applications are accepted in person, and by mail, in those instances when the applicant is unable to get to a nearby office. Applicants are required to complete application forms and interview, and will need proof of income and resources, citizenship status, social security number, shelter costs and information about work or school status.

Food stamps may be used to purchase food for human consumption or seeds and plants to grow food for household use. Food stamps may not be used to purchase any non-food item or hot foods that are ready-to-eat or any food marketed to be heated in the store.

 


 

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Idaho Food Stamp Information

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About the Idaho Food Stamp Program
   

The Idaho Food Stamp Program helps low-income families buy the food they need in order to stay healthy. An eligible family receives an Idaho Quest Card, which is used in card scanners at the grocery store. The card uses money from a Food Stamp account set up for the eligible family to pay for food items.

APPLY FOR FOOD ASSISTANCE
You can apply for food assistance with just your name, address, and signature on our Application for Assistance. This gets you started, but we still need you to provide the rest of the information on the application before we can determine if you’re eligible to receive food assistance.

IMMEDIATE FOOD ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE
If you need food assistance immediately, and are eligible, we can provide benefits within seven days. You must meet certain criteria in order to qualify for the expedited services.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
In order to receive food assistance, certain eligibility requirements must be met in areas such as, citizenship/immigration status, income, resources, work requirements, and other areas based on your household's circumstances. To find out whether you could be eligible for Food Stamps, check out this pre-screening tool (use only as a guide, not as a final determination). Regardless of the results of the tool, we encourage you to come in to our offices. A quick conversation will help you find out whether you may be eligible. 

FOOD STAMP AMOUNT
The amount of Food Stamps you get (also called benefit amount), depends on a variety of cirumstances such as, the number of people in your household, your income, and other factors. Generally, the larger the household size or the lower the income, the higher the benefit amount.

RECERTIFYING FOR FOOD STAMPS
If eligible for Food Stamps, you are required to recertify every so often. When your household is due for recertification, the Department will notify you and provide you with the information and forms required to complete the process.

MORE INFORMATION
If you need more information about the Idaho Food Stamp program, check out the Food Stamp Frequently Asked Questions. If you cannot find the information you're looking for, or you need information or forms in a different format than provided on our web site, please don't hesitate to contact us.

 

 

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Indiana Food Stamp Program

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Indiana Food Stamp Program

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The Food Stamp Program is administered through each state, however 100% of benefits and 50% of administrative costs are federally funded. Federal regulations which govern implementation of the program are developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Food and Nutrition Service. In Indiana, FSSA is responsible for ensuring the federal regulations are initially implemented and consistently applied in each county.

At the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service, the Food Stamp Program name has been changed to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Indiana intends on changing the program name from Food Stamps to SNAP in the near future. For information concerning SNAP, please refer to the frequently asked questions link noted below.

    * SNAP FAQ

Indiana's Food Stamp Program is designed to raise the nutritional level of low income households. It enables low-income families to buy nutritious food through Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs, or disability.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S. W., Washington, D. C. 20250-9410 or call toll free, 1-866-632-9992. TDD users can contact USDA through local relay or Federal relay at 1-800-877-8339 (TDD) or 1-866-377-8642 (relay voice users). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

    * Where do I apply?
    * Who is eligible?
    * Vehicles
    * Income
    * When will eligible households receive benefits?
    * How are food stamps used?
    * How to check your food stamp balance
    * The right to appeal

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Idaho Food Stamp Program

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About the Idaho Food Stamp Program
   

The Idaho Food Stamp Program helps low-income families buy the food they need in order to stay healthy. An eligible family receives an Idaho Quest Card, which is used in card scanners at the grocery store. The card uses money from a Food Stamp account set up for the eligible family to pay for food items.

APPLY FOR FOOD ASSISTANCE
You can apply for food assistance with just your name, address, and signature on our Application for Assistance. This gets you started, but we still need you to provide the rest of the information on the application before we can determine if you’re eligible to receive food assistance.

IMMEDIATE FOOD ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE
If you need food assistance immediately, and are eligible, we can provide benefits within seven days. You must meet certain criteria in order to qualify for the expedited services.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
In order to receive food assistance, certain eligibility requirements must be met in areas such as, citizenship/immigration status, income, resources, work requirements, and other areas based on your household's circumstances. To find out whether you could be eligible for Food Stamps, check out this pre-screening tool (use only as a guide, not as a final determination). Regardless of the results of the tool, we encourage you to come in to our offices. A quick conversation will help you find out whether you may be eligible. 

FOOD STAMP AMOUNT
The amount of Food Stamps you get (also called benefit amount), depends on a variety of cirumstances such as, the number of people in your household, your income, and other factors. Generally, the larger the household size or the lower the income, the higher the benefit amount.

RECERTIFYING FOR FOOD STAMPS
If eligible for Food Stamps, you are required to recertify every so often. When your household is due for recertification, the Department will notify you and provide you with the information and forms required to complete the process.

MORE INFORMATION
If you need more information about the Idaho Food Stamp program, check out the Food Stamp Frequently Asked Questions. If you cannot find the information you're looking for, or you need information or forms in a different format than provided on our web site, please don't hesitate to contact us.

 

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San Luis Obispo County California Food Assistance

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Food Assistance

 
About the Food Stamp Program

The Food Stamp Program helps low-income people buy the food needed for good health by way of a debit card that can only be used to buy food items.
The purpose of the Food Stamp Program is to provide food assistance to end hunger, improve nutrition, and health.

How to Apply for Food Stamps

Even if you are working, or own a house, or a car; you may be eligible for food stamp benefits to help pay some of your food expenses. Any person has the right to apply for food stamps.  Your household may be able to get food stamps if you work for low wages, are unemployed or work part time, receive welfare or other benefits, are elderly or disabled and live on a small income, or are homeless. It is a good idea when your family is in need of food assistance to first contact the Department of Social Services because so many factors must be considered. Click here to find the office nearest you.

Benefits

Food stamps can only be used for food and for plants and seeds to grow food for your household to eat. Food stamps cannot be used for non-food items.
San Luis Obispo County issues food stamp benefits through a debit card called an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. Most retailers accept the EBT card. Click here for a list of stores in San Luis Obispo and northern Santa Barbara counties where you can use your EBT card to buy food. EBT has many advantages. These include:

    * Your EBT card can hold both Cash Aid and Food Stamp benefits
    * Your EBT card can easily be replaced in the local office if you lose it
    * Use of the EBT card does not draw attention to you in the checkout line
    * A transaction history and current balance are provided with each transaction you make
    * Benefits are automatically deposited to your card account each month that you qualify.
    * As a safety measure, you are required to enter a Personal Identification Number (PIN) each time
      you use your card
    * You can access your benefits through Point of Sale (POS) devices located in grocery stores and retail food merchants locally or in other counties and states.

You can apply for food stamps at the same time as applying for cash assistance. Your food stamp worker will explain the program rules. The worker will ask for proof of the information that you have provided. If your family has little or no money and needs help right away it may be possible to receive your food stamps within 3 days.

Food Stamps Eligibility Screening On-Line

The USDA Food Stamp Program website has an online Pre-Screening Tool to help you learn whether your household qualifies for federal food stamps and how much help you could get. The screening tool takes about ten minutes and urges you to apply for benefits at your local food stamp office. The process is anonymous, only first names and ages are entered to complete the screening.

The site advises that you complete an application even when it shows that you may not be eligible. This is important because California has programs that help people that other states do not. The site also provides a listing of other programs you may be eligible for and links to information about each program.

Click on the web address: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Pre-Screening Eligibility Tool to use the tool.

To find more information about the Food Stamp Program click on http://www.fns.usda.gov/fsp

Community Groceries and Meals Listing

Click here for a listing of community providers of groceries and meals for needy and low income San Luis Obispo county residents.

Food Stamp Program Statistics

Click here for Food Stamp Program Statistics.
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Louisiana Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program

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For website:

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
(Food Stamp Program)

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides monthly benefits that help eligible low-income households buy the food they need for good health.  For most households, SNAP funds account for only a portion of their food budgets; they must also use their own funds to buy enough food to last throughout the month. Eligible households can receive food assistance through regular SNAP or through the Louisiana Combined Application Project (LaCAP).

For more information on SNAP and other services available through the Office of Family Support, call 1-888-LAHELPU (1-888-524-3578).


Regular SNAP

Qualifying for Regular SNAP

To get benfits through regular SNAP, households must meet certain tests, including resource and income tests.

    * Resources:  Most households are exempt from the resource limit. In addition, individuals who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or households including anyone who receives Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP), Kinship Care Subsidy Program (KCSP), or Strategies to Empower People (STEP) Program benefits are exempt from the resource limit.  Households not exempt from the resource limit may have up to $2000 in resources, such as a bank account.  Non-exempt households that include at least one household member who is age 60 or older or includes a disabled member may have up to $3000 in resources.

      Households are not exempt from the resource limit if:
          o Any member is disqualified for Intentional Program Violation,
          o Any member of the household is ineligible because of a drug-related felony, or
          o The household is disqualified for failing to comply with work registration requirements.

      The following individuals are not exempt from the resource limit:
          o An ineligible alien,
          o An ineligible student,
          o An individual who is disqualified for failure to comply with work registration requirements,
          o An individual who is disqualified for failure to provide or apply for a social security number, and
          o An individual who is on strike.

    * Income: Households must meet income tests (unless any member is receiving FITAP, KCSP, STEP benefits, or all members are receiving SSI).
      Most households must meet both the gross and net income tests, but a household with a person who is 60 years old or older or a person who is receiving certain types of disability payments only has to meet the net income test.
      Gross income means a household's total, non-excluded income, before any deductions have been made. Net income means gross income minus allowable deductions. Households, except those noted, that have income over the amounts listed below cannot get SNAP benefits.

Household Size
    Maximum Gross Monthly
Eligibility Standard
    Maximum Net Monthly
Income Eligibility Standard
    Maximum Food
Stamp Allotment
1     $1,174
    $   903
    $200
2     $1,579     $1,215
    $367
3     $1,984
    $1,526     $526
4     $2,389     $1,838     $668
5     $2,794
    $2,150     $793
6     $3,200
    $2,461
    $952
7     $3,605     $2,773     $1,052
8     $4,010     $3,085     $1,202
Each Additional
Member
    +406     +312
    $150

Other eligibility requirements:

    * Residence - the client must be living in Louisiana.
    * Citizenship - household members can include either US citizens and/or certain aliens with verifiable USCIS documentation.
    * Enumeration - households must provide or apply for Social Security numbers for each member before certification.
    * Work Registration - all able-bodied adults, with specific exceptions, must register for work and accept suitable employment.

See if you may be eligible:

Pre-Screening Eligibility Tool (English and Spanish)
(By clicking here you are NOT completing an application for SNAP benefits; instead, you are completing a pre-screening tool that can be used to help determine if you may be eligible to receive SNAP benefits.  Application for SNAP benefits must be made at your local OFS office).

Visit the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program online and view the federal requirements for food assistance in several languages.
   
    Louisiana Combined Application Project (LaCAP)

Qualifying for LaCAP

LaCAP is a food assistance program for Louisiana residents who are at least 60 years of age and receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). It is a simplified version of SNAP. If you are eligible for LaCAP, you will receive a Louisiana Purchase Card and SNAP benefits will be automatically deposited into your account every month. There are four standard allotment amounts in LaCAP. Depending on shelter costs, LaCAP participants will receive $55, $65, $98 or $137. LaCAP cases are certified for 36 months.

You may be eligible for LaCAP if you are receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and you:

    * Are age 60 or older,
    * Are not institutionalized or otherwise ineligible for SNAP benefits due to immigration status, an Intentional Program Violation, or drug conviction,
    * Live alone or buy and prepare your food separately or agree to buy and prepare your food separately from the other people who live with you, and
    * Are not living with your spouse or own child who is under 22 years of age.


Applying for LaCAP

Two ways:

    * Fill out the application (LaCAP Enrollment form1A) and return it to any OFS Family Assistance parish office.
    * Call 1-888-LA-HELP-U (1-888-524-3578) for assistance.

After OFS receives your application,you will be assigned a worker who will determine your eligibility.  OFS will send you a letter within 30 days of the date we receive your enrollment form to let you know if you are eligible or not. If you are eligible, the letter will also tell you the amount of your benefits and when they will begin.

Other Options

Seniors receiving SSI who need food assistance do not have to use LaCAP.

Food assistance is available through LaCAP or through regular SNAP. If you receive benefits through LaCAP and you want to change to regular SNAP, you can do so at any time.

You may qualify for more benefits through regular SNAP if you:

    * Pay more than $35 per month in out-of-pocket medical expenses, or
    * Pay more than $491 per month for shelter costs.

LaCAP Program Information and Rights and Responsibilities
Applying for SNAP Benefits

How and Where to Apply
Step One:

    * Fill out an Application online.
    * You can also apply for the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP) or Kinship Care Subsidy Program (KCSP) with this application.
    * You can also download an application, fill it out by hand and mail it to your local OFS office.
          o Application for Assistance (English)
          o Solicutud de Asistencia (Spanish)

Step Two:

    * Gather the documents you will need to verify the information in your application. This graph explains what must be verfified and examples of proof.

Step Three (for downloaded applications filled out by hand only):

    * Mail the application to or drop it off at your parish OFS office. (Applications are also available there to fill out).

Step Four:

    * After receiving your application, a DSS employee will call you to conduct an interview over the phone, saving you time. Please provide a valid telephone number for contact purposes, or
    * If a face-to-face interview is requested, you may schedule an appointment with any OFS Family Assistance parish office.

Questions?

    * Call 1-888-LA-HELP-U

*Households composed entirely of people who are applying for or receiving SSI may apply for SNAP benefits through regular SNAP at the Social Security Administration office unless they already have a SNAP application pending.
Regular SNAP Benefits Amounts

Benefit amounts are based on the Thrifty Food Plan amounts established by the USDA-Food and Nutrition Service. The Thrifty Food Plan is a current estimate of the actual costs for providing a household with nutritious but inexpensive meals.

Further, benefits depend on both the number of persons in the household and the net monthly income amount remaining after all allowable deductions have been subtracted.

Income deductions allowed in the regular SNAP budget are subtracted from both earned and unearned income. The deductions are:

    * Earned Income Deduction - 20% of gross earnings
    * Standard Deduction - $141 for 1 to 3 household members;$153 for 4 household members; $179 for 5 household members and $205 for 6 or more household members.
    * Medical Deduction - allowable medical expenses incurred by elderly or disabled household members in excess of $35 per househol.
    * Dependent Care Deduction - payments for the care of a child or other dependent which are necessary for a household member to work, look for work or attend school or training.
    * Child Support Deduction - allowable for payments of legally obligated child support.
    * Shelter Deduction - allowable shelter costs (rent or mortgage, property taxes, insurance on the structure and utility expenses) in excess of 50% of household income remaining after all other deductions. For households with an elderly or disabled member, there is no limit on the shelter deduction; for all other households the shelter deduction cannot exceed $459. 



How are My Benefits Issued?
Check the Balance on your Louisiana Purchase
Card (EBT Account) at JPMorgan Chase.

Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) is a method of delivering governmental benefits to recipients electronically.  Louisiana uses magnetic stripe card technology.  The card, which is referred to as the Louisiana Purchase Card enables recipients to access benefits at Point-of-Sale (POS) machines.

SNAP benefits are posted to the recipients account during the first fourteen days of the month.  Recipient benefits are accessible by 5:00 a.m. the morning after they are posted.  Benefits are posted on the same date every month regardless of the day of the week.  Holidays and weekends do not affect the date of benefit availability.  In emergency situations, benefits are available immediately.

Benefits are secure and accessible only to persons authorized by the recipient.  The Personal Identification Number (PIN) is selected by the recipient and must be correctly entered in order to successfully complete all electronic transactions.  As purchases are made at grocery store checkout lanes, recipient accounts are debited and the recipient is given a receipt which provides the remaining account balance.

Eligible Food Items

Households CAN use SNAP benefits to buy:

    * Foods for the household to eat, such as:
          o breads and cereals;
          o fruits and vegetables;
          o meats, fish and poultry; and
          o dairy products.
    * Seeds and plants which produce food for the household to eat.

In some areas, restaurants can be authorized to accept SNAP benefits from qualified homeless, elderly, or disabled people in exchange for low-cost meals.

Households CANNOT use SNAP benefits to buy:

    * Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes or tobacco;
    * Any nonfood items, such as:
          o pet foods;
          o soaps, paper products; and
          o household supplies.
    * Vitamins and medicines;
    * Food that will be eaten in the store;
    * Hot foods.

In general, food products that contain alcohol or tobacco, items that are not intended for human consumption (e.g. paper products, pet foods, etc.), vitamins and supplements, and foods sold hot at the point-of-sale, are not eligible for purchase with SNAP benefits.

Full list of eligible items.          
Your Rights Regarding SNAP

Your have the right to:

    * Receive an application when you ask for it.
    * Turn in your application the same day you receive it.
    * Receive your SNAP benefits(or be notified that you are not eligible for the program) within 30 days after you turn in your application.
    * Receive SNAP benefits within 4 days if you are eligible and have little or no money.
    * Have a fair hearing if you disagree with any action taken on your case.

If you believe that you have been discriminated against by SNAP because of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability or for religious or political beliefs, write immediately to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Ave., S.W. Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or request a Food Stamp Discrimination Form from your parish office.

SNAP Historical Information

This program was established by Congress in 1964 by PL 88-55 which was superseded by the Food Stamp Act of 1977 and subsequent amendments to the Act.  It is administered at the federal level by the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Food and Nutrition Service and at the state level by the Department of Children & Family Services - Office of Family Support.

Besides certification and issuance activities, the Food Security Act of 1985 mandated that employment and training services be provided for food stamp recipients who are mandatory work registrants.  The employment and training activities, known as the Louisiana Job Employment Training (LaJET) Program, are accomplished through the cooperative efforts of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the OFS Family Assistance parish offices, (in parishes where available) local governing authorities in the State and the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) of 1996, which was signed into law on August 22, 1996, implemented many changes in SNAP, including a limit on the number of months certain persons can receive SNAP benefits without working.

Related LinkS

    * American Public Human Services Association
    * Food and Nutrition Services
    * Weatherization Assistance Program
    * Food Stamp Program
    * Federal Regulations for Food Stamps

 

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Idaho Food Assistance for Idaho Families

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About the Idaho Food Stamp Program
    

The Idaho Food Stamp Program helps low-income families buy the food they need in order to stay healthy. An eligible family receives an Idaho Quest Card, which is used in card scanners at the grocery store. The card uses money from a Food Stamp account set up for the eligible family to pay for food items.

APPLY FOR FOOD ASSISTANCE
You can apply for food assistance with just your name, address, and signature on our Application for Assistance. This gets you started, but we still need you to provide the rest of the information on the application before we can determine if you’re eligible to receive food assistance.

IMMEDIATE FOOD ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE
If you need food assistance immediately, and are eligible, we can provide benefits within seven days. You must meet certain criteria in order to qualify for the expedited services.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
In order to receive food assistance, certain eligibility requirements must be met in areas such as, citizenship/immigration status, income, resources, work requirements, and other areas based on your household's circumstances. To find out whether you could be eligible for Food Stamps, check out this pre-screening tool (use only as a guide, not as a final determination). Regardless of the results of the tool, we encourage you to come in to our offices. A quick conversation will help you find out whether you may be eligible.  

FOOD STAMP AMOUNT
The amount of Food Stamps you get (also called benefit amount), depends on a variety of cirumstances such as, the number of people in your household, your income, and other factors. Generally, the larger the household size or the lower the income, the higher the benefit amount.

RECERTIFYING FOR FOOD STAMPS
If eligible for Food Stamps, you are required to recertify every so often. When your household is due for recertification, the Department will notify you and provide you with the information and forms required to complete the process.

MORE INFORMATION
If you need more information about the Idaho Food Stamp program, check out the Food Stamp Frequently Asked Questions. If you cannot find the information you're looking for, or you need information or forms in a different format than provided on our web site, please don't hesitate to contact us.
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FOOD BANKS: The Federation of Virginia Food Banks

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For the website. And to click on a map to see what food bank serves your region in Virginia.

 The Federation of Virginia Food Banks is a state association of food banks affiliated with Feeding America®. The Federation is composed of the 7 regional Virginia and Washington DC food banks, consisting of facilities in 14 strategic locations.

See link for more information....

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New Hampshire Food Stamp Program

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Click above to learn how to get your food stamps and other information when you look for it.

Welcome to the Food Stamp Program
 

The Food Stamp Program is about good nutrition and health.  It provides eligible individuals and households with benefits used to purchase food items at a grocery store, supermarket or other participating food retailer.  The Food Stamp Program ensures that all recipients have an opportunity to learn more about purchasing and preparing nutritious meals.

 

Eligibility for Food Stamp benefits depends on household size, income, expenses and resources.

 

Food Stamp Employment & Training Program

Healthy adults under age 60 must register for work and participate in the Food Stamp Employment and Training Program.  This program offers job search workshops, job referrals, individualized employability plans, and referrals to training and education programs. The Program may also assist with some transportation costs if directly related to employment and training activities.  Help with child care expenses is also available while you look for work or attend training.

 

How You Will Receive Your Food Stamp Benefits

Food Stamp benefits are issued once per month via Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) and are accessed through a debit-style EBT card.  Individuals swipe the EBT card through a point of sale (POS) machine at participating retailers when purchasing food.  Only you and the store clerk know you are using food stamps to pay for your items.

 

"In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.  Under the Food Stamp Act and USDA policy, discrimination is prohibited also on the basis of religion or political beliefs.  To file a complaint of discrimination, contact USDA or HHS.  Write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TTY).  Write HHS, Director, Office for Civil Rights, Room 506-F, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20201 or call (202) 619-0403 (voice) or (202) 619-3257 (TTY).  USDA and HHS are equal opportunity providers and employers."
 

 

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Have a Bridge Card or Michigan EBT Card?

If you Have a Michigan Bridge Card - you can now enter drawings for free gift cards, and prizes at www.mybridgecard.com . (to win - as the drawings are random and are held at the end of each month - the sooner ya sign up the more chances you have to win. I've met a few ppl on Mlive that have won wal-mart gift cards, and a couple that won resturant gift cerfificates, but I'm still keeping my fingers crossed to win some too.)

You may aslo qualify for free home delivery of food by www.gourmetfoodsoutlet.com .  (If you are in one of their delivery areas - please tell them MsMichigan from Mlive told you about them - their website looks like it's just getting started - but i know they've been delivering to Flint, Saginaw, and some places up north like Clare and Harrison for years, can't remember if it shows their toll-free number on the site - but it's on the picture I copied from one of their ads below.)

When you go to www.mybridgecard.com - be sure to visit the links provided to answer your questions about how to apply for a bridge card, and qualifications - if you do not have one.

Links are also provided for my pyramid, dhs, healthy eating habbits, excersie, and several interractive games for the little ones.

If you are a Student - be sure to see if you qualify for assistance.

Additional programs specifically for seniors can also be found at MiCafe .org to help.

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