SNAP - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. A lot of people would also refer to it as the food stamp program. The name of the program was changed by the federal government on October 1st, 2008. The program was initiated by the Govenrment of the US in 1939. It is a program that is government assisted that was brought about to help low income families and other individuals increase their ability to buy healthy foods. The additional help also allows people to somewhat stretch their budget.

Some states have specific names for this program. The benefits obtained from the SNAP Program is dependant on the size of the family, the assets and income. People participating in the SNAP program are eligible to buy foods like Fruits and vegetables'Cereals & Breads and even Plants or seeds that produce food to eat. Some non eligible foods are Beer, wine, liquor, Cigarettes or tobacco, Soaps and paper products.

How To Use Snap Benefits

In previous times the government distributed paper coupons to people participating in the food stamp program. This was later converted to the EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) system. The benefits are now in the form of an EBT card which functions like a debit card. These ebt cards are accepted at various stores all across various states in the United States. To get started, an application has to be made for the EBT card at your local state office. You can get more information on how to apply for an ebt card. You can also check the various pages on this site to obtain more information on the application process and a list of stores that accept ebt cards.