SNAP helps put food on the table for some 31 million people per month. It provides low-income households 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. U.S. citizens and some aliens who are admitted for permanent residency may qualify. The welfare reform act of 1996 ended eligibility for many legal immigrants, though Congress later restored benefits to many children and elderly immigrants, as well as some specific groups. The welfare reform act also placed time limits on benefits for unemployed, able-bodied, childless adults.
Source: MedlinePlus and U.S. Department of Agriculture
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- 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.
- Statistics on Food Stamp Assistance, Larimer County
- This link takes you to data collected by Larimer County on the number of applications received for food stamps, average number of household participants, average monthly food stamp benefit, average monthly emergency food stamp benefit and food stamp benefit by age group.