Video:How to Apply for Food Stampswith Robert Longley
For over 40 years, the Federal Food Stamp Program, now officially named SNAP, has served as a mainline federal social assistance program. Here is a brief overview of how to apply for food stamps.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Apply for Food Stamps
Basics About Food StampsFor over 40 years, the Federal Food Stamp Program, now officially named SNAP – the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – has served as a mainline federal social assistance program designed to help low-income families and individuals buy the food they need for good health. Are You Eligible for SNAP Food Stamps? Eligibility for SNAP food stamps depends on the applicant household’s resources and income. However, certain resources are NOT counted, such as a home and lot, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the resources of people who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF, formerly AFDC), and most retirement plans.
How to Apply for SNAP Food StampsHow and Where to Apply for SNAP Food Stamps: While SNAP is a federal government program, it is run by state or local agencies. One can apply for SNAP food stamps at any local SNAP office or Social Security office. If you are unable to go to the local office, you may have another person, called an authorized representative, apply and be interviewed on your behalf. You must designate the authorized representative in writing. Some state SNAP program offices now allow online applications. Normally, the applicant must file an application form, have a face-to-face interview, and provide proof of certain information, such as income and expenses. The office interview may be waived if the applicant is unable to appoint an authorized representative and no household member is able to go to the office because of age or disability. If the office interview is waived, the local office will interview you by telephone or do a home visit.
What to Bring When Applying for Food StampsThings you may need when you apply for SNAP food stamps include: If You Are Employed: Last four pay stubs or a letter from employer stating gross and net wages for the past month. If You Are Unemployed: Proof that your employment was terminated; also, identification and claim cards for unemployment benefits. Proof of Household Resources: Bring all savings account passbooks (including parents & children). Bring all checking account books, in addition to your last checking account statement and cancelled checks. All stocks, bonds, savings certificates, annuity funds and credit union membership, etc. must be reported and verified. Proof of Income: Bring a copy of income tax return for past year. If you are self employed, a profit and loss statement for the current calendar quarter is required. College Students: Bring proof of education expenses and proof of income Social Security Numbers: Bring the Social Security number for each member of your household. If a member of your household does not have a Social Security number, your food stamp certifier will assist you in obtaining one.
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