The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can help stretch your budget and keep your family healthy by providing extra money for groceries each month. SNAP is distributed on the Access Card, which you can use to purchase food at most grocery stores and some farmers’ markets.
Click here to find Farmers’ Markets where you can use SNAP
What is the difference between SNAP and Food Stamps?
SNAP used to be called the Food Stamp Program, but the name was changed in 2008. Benefits come on the convenient and discreet Access Card, which works just like a debit card.
Myth: By using SNAP I am taking benefits away from someone who needs it more.
SNAP is for everyone who qualifies. If you are eligible for SNAP but not using it, you are not saving the benefits for someone else – that is money left on the table.
Myth: If I have a car, a home, or savings I am not eligible for SNAP.
You can own all these assets and still possibly qualify for SNAP.
Myth: If I work/collect unemployment benefits I cannot receive SNAP.
Many working people use SNAP to help make ends meet. People who are in between jobs and getting unemployment benefits may qualify as well.
Myth: I applied once and was denied, so I will not qualify.
The eligibility guidelines are changed and updated on a regular basis. If it has been more than a year since you applied and you are struggling to pay bills and pay for food, then you may qualify now.
Myth: It’s not worth all the paperwork for just $15 a month.
The minimum for a single individual is $15 per month, but the average is about $130 per month. Also, unused benefits roll over from month to month for up to a year, so $15 per month = $180 per year.