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Federal Benefit Program: Food Stamps

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Description:

The Food Stamp Program provides benefits to low-income people that they can use to buy food to improve their diets. Food stamp recipients spend their benefits (in the form of paper coupons or electronic benefits on debit cards) to buy eligible food in authorized retail food stores.

Eligibility Criteria:

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must fall into one of two groups: (1) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $2,001 who are responsible for a person or persons age 60 and under or (2) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $3,001 who are responsible for a person or persons age 61 and over.

Eligibility Criteria (continued):

Those in group (1) and group (2) qualifiers must also have an annual household income of less than $11,677 if one person lives in the household; $15,757 if two people live in the household; $19,849 if three people live in the household; $23,929 if four people live in the household; $28,009 if five people live in the household; $32,089 if six people live in the household; $36,169 if seven people live in the household; or $40,249 if more than seven people live in the household.

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Program Contacts and Information:

For more detailed information on the Food Stamp Program and how to apply, visit the USDA's Food Stamp Program Website.

Food Stamp Program Commemorative Video:

Marking 2007 as the 30th anniversary of the modern Food Stamp Program, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has released a video highlighting the Food Stamp Program as the nation’s first line of defense against hunger.

Entitled "Making America Stronger: U.S. Food Stamp Program" and narrated by the actor Jeff Bridges, this video explores the history of severe hunger and malnutrition in this country, the bipartisan collaboration in establishing a national response through the Food Stamp Program, and how effective the program has been in virtually eliminating severe hunger in our country.

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