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Food Stamps

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Administered by:

US Federal Government Agency (see all agencies)
Department of Agriculture , Food and Nutrition Service
CFDA #: 10.551

Possible uses and use restrictions...

Households receive food stamp benefits which varies according to household size and income. The maximum allotment for a household's size is reduced by 30 percent of the net income. Food stamp benefits may be used in participating retail stores to buy food for home consumption and garden seeds and plants to produce food for personal consumption. In certain remote areas of Alaska, recipients may use food stamp benefits to purchase hunting and fishing equipment (excluding equipment for transportation, clothing and shelter, firearms, ammunition and other explosives), for procurement of food. Food stamp benefits may be used by certain elderly and handicapped persons, and their spouses, who cannot prepare their own meals to have meals delivered to them in their homes by authorized meal delivery services. Elderly and certain disabled persons and their spouses may also use food stamp benefits to purchase meals in establishments providing communal dining for the elderly. Drug addicts and alcoholics who are participating in approved rehabilitation programs may use food stamp benefits to purchase meals prepared by the program. Disabled or blind persons receiving benefits under Titles I, II, X, XIV, or XVI of the Social Security Act may use food stamp benefits to purchase meals prepared and served under certain group living arrangements. Residents of shelters for battered women and children may use food stamp benefits to purchase meals prepared by shelters. Homeless persons eligible for food stamp benefits may purchase prepared meals from an authorized establishment approved to feed them. As provided by Public Law 105-18, States have the option to pay the cost of providing food stamps to non- citizens made ineligible for them by welfare reform (Public Law 104- 193), and to individuals disqualified by the new work requirement included in welfare reform. As of February 2002, 7 States (California, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Nebraska, New York, and Wisconsin) are operating State option programs to provide food stamp benefits to some or all otherwise eligible non-citizens.