Everyone is entitled to a nutritious meal. Thus, for the low-income households the government provides them with SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). If you are going through a difficult phase and find it hard to make ends meet, why not consider applying for snap or otherwise known as ‘food stamps”. It is a simple procedure to follow, just a few minutes of your time for a better life standard. So, do not hesitate and find out if you are eligible for snap and collect a monthly benefit to purchase food.
Who can apply for snap
US citizens or legal non-citizens of low income are eligible for snap depending on some financial as well as nonfinancial criteria. The amount you are entitled to is based on your income or no income and the number of people in your household, their age and health condition.
How to Apply for snap
Just follow some simple steps:
Step 1: Gather some personal information you will need to include in your application:
If you are a legal non-citizen you must have proof of:
In some cases for non-citizens there is a 5-year waiting period before being eligible to apply.
Step 2: Fill in your application. This can be done either online or on paper application.
When you fill in your application, try to include as much information as possible. Do not forget to sign it once it is completed. Then you just send it by e-mail or fax or by post to the local Family Community Resource Center.
Step 3: Within 10 days after your application is received you will be contacted for an interview at the DHS office or you may have a phone interview if you cannot go there. At that time you will be asked to have some documents to verify your identity, residence, SSN of all members in your household and any other documents that may be necessary according to your case. This will facilitate the authorities and save you time.
The amount of the snap benefit is calculated on your household income and some expenses. Income is considered all the cash received like wages as well as SSI disability, veteran, death benefits, bank accounts are regarded as an asset too. It is advisable to bring some proof of expenses such as household costs which may include rent lease, mortgage statement, home insurance, utility bills, or even child or adult care, transportation or medical expenses not covered by the insurance.
If more documents are required you will be informed at your interview and how much time you have to submit them. Then everything will be carefully considered and you will be notified about the amount of snap benefit you will receive. You should have your answer in writing within 30 days.
If your application is approved you will receive your snap benefits through a EBT card (Electronic Benefit Transfer) card just like a bank credit or debit card. The account will be set up for you and your benefits will be deposited every month,
If you are opening a retail food store you need to apply for the Retailer SNAP Application so that you can acquire an EBT machine. You will need to submit some information about your financial situation both personal and business. You will be asked to provide such documents as: business licenses, lottery and liquor licenses bank statements your personal tax returns, personal affidavit and about your business management. It is often suggested to ask for legal assistance in filling in the application form in order to avoid any errors that will cause future delay or rejection to approval. Remember in business time is money and you need to satisfy all your customers’ needs. You cannot afford to lose any.
What all applicants must bear in mind is that the snap benefits in all cases are to be used only for purchasing food for the household like fruits and vegetables, meat poultry, fish, dairy products breads and cereals snacks, non-alcoholic drinks. It should not be used to buy alcoholic drinks, tobacco, medicine cooked food to eat at location, nonfood products, detergents, cosmetics etc.
Having been accepted for the snap benefits either as a retailer or an individual, your next step is to read all the rules and regulations that apply to your case and make sure you follow them accurately as published by the USDA (US Department of Agriculture).
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