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6 Important Facts About Food Stamps

  • What is SNAP?
  • How to Qualify for Food Stamps
  • How to Apply for Food Stamps
  • Receiving Your SNAP Benefits
  • How to Use an EBT Card
  • Other Federal Food Assistance Programs

In addition to providing food stamps, the SNAP program offers nutrition services, education initiatives, and job assistance – all of which are designed to help low-income families develop the skills and resources they need to guarantee a steady supply of healthy food for their households. This is a crucial government food assistance program aimed at reducing hunger and food insecurity across the U.S.

Approximately 38 million Americans receive SNAP benefits, which is roughly 12% of the citizens and residents of the United States. The data changes year by year, but states and areas within the US that have the highest percentage of residents on SNAP assistance are Washington D.C., Mississippi, New Mexico, and West Virginia.

There are dozens of other food assistance programs that are available throughout the United States, and it is possible to receive Food Stamps while also receiving benefits from these other programs. The Special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides supplemental food and nutritional education to pregnant or nursing mothers along with children up to age 5. Like Food Stamps, WIC benefits in many states or parceled out to recipients via a debit card.

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