Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP

by | Dec 19, 2014


SNAPThis post is part of Transform Consulting Group’s blog series highlighting federal programs that provide education opportunities and/or youth development services in communities.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federal program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services (FNS). Formerly known as the federal Food Stamps Program, SNAP is the largest domestic provider of nutrition assistance to low-income individuals and families. FNS works with each state to distribute SNAP benefits to eligible residents.

Last year, the federal government spent about $82.5 billion on SNAP. The money helped more than 47 million low-income Americans afford proper nutrition each month. Individuals and families living at or below 130% of the Federal Poverty Level are eligible for SNAP. Forty-nine percent (49%) of all SNAP participants are age 18 or younger, and about two-thirds live in a single-parent household. Forty-three percent (43%) of SNAP participants are white, 33% are African-American, 19% are Hispanic, 2% are Asian, and 2% are Native American.

SNAP participants are allowed to use the federal aid to purchase foods such as breads, cereals, fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, poultry, and dairy products. SNAP does not allow the purchase of non-food items such as alcohol, tobacco, paper products, or medicine. To see a full list of eligible foods, click here.

SNAP is designed to help alleviate cost and provide low-income households the ability to purchase nutritional foods they otherwise may not be able to afford. Those who qualify will receive an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card that can be used at grocery stores and farmer’s markets to purchase eligible foods. EBT cards are pre-loaded monthly with federal funds.

Each state requires an individual to apply for SNAP benefits. In Indiana, the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) is responsible for the distribution of benefits and ensuring federal regulations are met. Indiana’s SNAP application can be found here.

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