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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly the Food Stamp Program

Overview

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly the Food Stamp Program, helps put food on the table for more than 22 million households per month. It provides low-income people with electronic benefits they can use like cash at most grocery stores. SNAP is the cornerstone of the federal food assistance programs, and provides crucial support to needy households and to those making the transition from welfare to work.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture administers SNAP at the federal level through its Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). State agencies administer the program at state and local levels, including determination of eligibility and allotments, and distribution of benefits. Households must meet eligibility requirements and provide information — and verification — about their household circumstances.

Source: MedlinePlus and https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap U.S. Department of Agriculture

Note: This definition was prepared to help consumers find reliable health resources on the web. This site is not responsible for the information on other sites. The information here — and on all websites — is not intended to be a substitute for care given to you by a health professional.

Local Resources

Food Stamp Assistance, Larimer County
Call 970-498-6300 or visit the Larimer County Department of Human Services at 1501 Blue Spruce Drive in Fort Collins for information or applications for food stamps and other basic assistance programs.

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), CSU Extension Office
This link takes you to the Colorado State University Extension website, which offers nutrition education and info about healthy food choices for low-income residents. In Larimer County, contact these educators through the Extension office at 1525 Blue Spruce Drive in Fort Collins, 970-498-6000 or 970-498-6015.

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