What is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)? 

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, provides monthly funds to families and individuals from low-income households to purchase groceries. Applicants must meet certain income and household requirements to be eligible for SNAP. Once a SNAP application is approved, you will receive SNAP benefits on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. Funds are loaded to your EBT card each month and can be used at authorized grocery stores, food stores, and retailers to purchase SNAP-eligible foods.

Am I eligible for SNAP? 

To be eligible for SNAP you must be:

  • A U.S citizen 
  • A lawful permanent resident for 5 years
  • A lawful permanent resident for any period of time with a disability
  • A refugee or asylum seeker with refugee or asylee status
  • A U.S. citizen child under 18, regardless of their parent’s citizenship status
    • Heads of households do not need an SSN to apply for SNAP benefits for others in their household.
  • As of January 16, 2021, students who are considered “half-time” by their educational institutions qualify for SNAP until the end of the public health emergency if they: 
    • Are eligible to participate in state or federally financed work study during the regular school year. 
    • They have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 0 in the current academic year (based on the FAFSA- Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
    • Meet one of the qualifying SNAP eligibility requirements stated above.

¿Qué es el programa de asistencia Nutricional Suplementaria (SNAP)?

El programa de Asistencia de Nutrición Suplementaria (SNAP), anteriormente conocido como cupones de alimentos, proporciona fondos mensuales a familias e individuos de hogares de bajos ingresos para comprar alimentos. Los solicitantes deben ser elegibles para SNAP basados en ciertos ingresos y requisitos del hogar antes de enviar una solicitud. Una vez que se aprueba una  solicitud, recibirá los beneficios de SNAP en una tarjeta de transferencia electrónica de beneficios   (EBT Electronic Benefit Transfer). Los fondos se cargan en la tarjeta EBT cada mes y se pueden usar en supermercados, tiendas de alimentos y minoristas autorizados.

¿Soy elegible para SNAP?

Para ser elegible para SNAP debe ser:

  • Residente permanente legal (LPR) durante 5 años.
  • LPR por cualquier período de tiempo con una discapacidad
  • Refugiados o solicitantes de asilo
  • Niños menores de 18 años, independientemente del estado de ciudadanía de sus padres
    •  Los jefes de hogar no necesitan un SSN para solicitar los beneficios de SNAP para otras personas en su hogar.
  • A partir del 16 de enero de 2021, los estudiantes que sus instituciones educativas consideran “medio tiempo” califican para SNAP hasta el final de la emergencia de salud pública si:
    • Son elegibles para participar en estudios de trabajo financiados por el estado o el gobierno federal durante el año escolar regular.
    • Tienen una Contribución Familiar Esperada (EFC) de 0 en el año académico actual (según la Solicitud Gratuita de Ayuda Federal para Estudiantes de FAFSA). 
    • Cumplir con uno de los requisitos de elegibilidad de SNAP que califiquen indicados anteriormente.

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Food Education Working Group Meeting

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8th UMD EJ and Health Disparities Symposium

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