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Rules eased for food stamps - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the new name for the federal Food Stamp Program

 
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Rules eased for food stamps - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the new name for the federal Food Stamp Program
Rules relaxed for 'food stamp' eligibility. Since Oct. 1, new federal rules make it easier for households with income from combat pay, retirement accounts or education savings to be eligible. The rules are part of the 2008 Farm Bill, which changed the name of the food stamp program to SNAP, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
[link to www.fns.usda.gov]

We help put healthy food on the table for 28 million people each month.

As of Oct. 1, 2008, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the new name for the federal Food Stamp Program.

The new name reflects our focus on nutrition and putting healthy food within reach for low income households. Changes have been made to make the Program more accessible.

Although SNAP will be the national name, your State may use a different name.

SNAP helps low-income people and families buy the food they need for good health. You apply for benefits by completing a State application form. Benefits are provided on an electronic card that is used like an ATM card and accepted at most grocery stores.

Through nutrition education partners, SNAP helps clients learn to make healthy eating and active lifestyle choices.

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[link to www.usatoday.com]

By Wendy Koch, USA TODAY
As the economy weakens, states and the federal government are trying to help more people qualify for food stamps.

Since Oct. 1, new federal rules make it easier for households with income from combat pay, retirement accounts or education savings to be eligible. The rules are part of the 2008 Farm Bill, which changed the name of the food stamp program to SNAP, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

"This is a nutrition program, not a welfare program," says Jean Daniel, spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), noting that half the 29 million Americans who receive aid are children. SNAP serves one of every five of the nation's kids, who are also eligible for free or reduced-price school meals.

Some states are going further to expand eligibility. Last month, California enacted a bill that will allow low-income people to keep some savings and still qualify for food aid. At least four other states Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Vermont similarly eased the asset test this year.

"People won't have to sink to ground zero to get help," says Paul Fraunholtz, a deputy director in Ohio's Department of Job and Family Services.

The U.S. government pays for the benefit, and states cover half the cost of administering the program, which began in 1961.

States are allowed to adjust eligibility rules, and more are doing so. As of Oct. 1, Washington state allowed people with slightly higher incomes, up to $42,400 for a family of four, to qualify. New York began giving energy aid to more low-income renters, because receiving such aid increases their monthly food stamp benefit.

"States are looking for new ways to support working families," says Stacy Dean, director of food assistance policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, which studies policies that affect low- and moderate-income people. She says more states, faced with tight budgets, are making changes this year to increase federal food aid.

Dean says the changes will increase participation but job layoffs will do far more to add people to the program. She says states and the USDA are encouraging eligible people to seek benefits. Currently, two-thirds of them do.

"This is not your father's food stamp program," says Heidi Tringe, policy adviser to Vermont's Republican Gov. Jim Douglas. Recipients no longer get vouchers; they get debit cards. She says many people are worried about food and energy bills this winter, so expanding food aid is "the right thing to do."
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Well, calling the crap that is put on our grocery shelves - including the unlabeled GMO - "nutritional" is quite a stretch.

Wordsmiths to manipulate public perception are at it again.

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Well, calling the crap that is put on our grocery shelves - including the unlabeled GMO - "nutritional" is quite a stretch.

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You've got that right.
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I don't qualify on the prescreening process
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Well, calling the crap that is put on our grocery shelves - including the unlabeled GMO - "nutritional" is quite a stretch.

Wordsmiths to manipulate public perception are at it again.

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 Quoting: TX PATRIOT 506675


LOL! Too true!

And consider this: by expanding the food program, more support goes to the BigAg people. After all, why would anyone want to disallow subsidies to the BigAg farms?
"Until you are willing to organize your friends and neighbors and literally shut down cities - drive at 5mph through the streets of major cities on the freeway and stop commerce, refuse to show up for work, refuse to borrow and spend more than you make, show up in Washington DC with a million of your neighbors and literally shut down The Capitol you WILL be bent over the table on a daily basis." Karl Denninger

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ty for posting this
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Benefits are provided on an electronic card that is used like an ATM card and accepted at most grocery stores.
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gotcha! I'd rather be embarrassed by paying with food stamps. Better than being followed around by an electric card....just sayin'
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OH SNAP!
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I don't qualify on the prescreening process
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We only qualify for $12 - $24 wtf

Here's the pre-screening tool:

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Pre-Screening Eligibility Tool
[link to www.foodstamps-step1.usda.gov]
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OH SNAP!
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I don't qualify on the prescreening process


We only qualify for $12 - $24 wtf

Here's the pre-screening tool:

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Pre-Screening Eligibility Tool
[link to www.foodstamps-step1.usda.gov]
 Quoting: Zone 5


TAKE WHAT YOU CAN GET.

If you found that amount on the ground, you would pick it up wouldn't you?
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Re: Rules eased for food stamps - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the new name for the federal Food Stamp Program
I don't qualify on the prescreening process


We only qualify for $12 - $24 wtf

Here's the pre-screening tool:

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Pre-Screening Eligibility Tool
[link to www.foodstamps-step1.usda.gov]


TAKE WHAT YOU CAN GET.

If you found that amount on the ground, you would pick it up wouldn't you?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 316407


Good point. I sure would. hf





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