The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as the Food Stamp Program, is a federal assistance program run by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that provides financial assistance to low-income individuals and families to help them buy food. The program aims to reduce hunger and malnutrition, and improve the health and well-being of low-income individuals and families.
SNAP benefits can be used to purchase a variety of food items, including fruits and vegetables, breads and cereals, meats and poultry, dairy products, and more. Benefits are provided on an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card, which works like a debit card and can be used to purchase food at authorized retailers.
Eligibility for SNAP is based on income and assets, and is determined by the state agency responsible for administering the program. Generally, to be eligible for SNAP, an individual or household’s income must be at or below 130% of the federal poverty level, although some states have higher income limits.
SNAP is a flexible program that can be adapted to changing needs, and it’s designed to provide temporary assistance to low-income individuals and families when they are in need. The program is also intended to help families and individuals move to self-sufficiency, and it’s often used in combination with other social services programs to help people meet their basic needs and improve their economic situation.