Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

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USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly the Food Stamp Program) provides a basic safety net to millions of people by providing monthly benefits to eligible low-income families which can be used to purchase food.


SNAP Frequently Asked Questions

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Check out commonly asked questions about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly the Food Stamp Program).


SNAP Applicants and Recipients

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Provides information for persons who want to apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or for those who are already receiving benefits, and would like to find out more about the Program. Also in Spanish. (SNAP is formerly known as the Food Stamp Program.)


10 Steps to Help You Fill Your Grocery Bag Through SNAP

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Offers tools to help you learn if you or someone you know might be eligible for SNAP.


Using SNAP Benefits

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Find information on how to use your SNAP benefits at the grocery store. Also provides information about the Electronic Benefits card.


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Pre-Screening Eligibility Tool

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

On-line tool helps determine if you may be eligible to receive SNAP benefits. You must still visit your local SNAP Office to complete an application.


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Eligibility Requirements

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Eligibility requirements and criteria that households must meet in order to get SNAP benefits, including resource and income tests.


SNAP Toll Free Information Number

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Provides service 24-hours a day, 7 days a week to customers. Helps SNAP customers get informational materials on eligibility requirements and the nutritional benefits of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).


Map of the United States State SNAP Information/Hot line Numbers

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Find telephone numbers to get information on food stamp questions at the State level. Most are toll-free numbers.


SNAP and Nutrition Education

USDA. FNS. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Current information about nutrition education efforts in SNAP>.


Logo for SNAP-Ed Connection Web site. SNAP-Ed Connection

USDA. NAL. Food and Nutrition Information Center.

Find information and resources for Food Stamp Program nutrition education providers and other nutrition educators.


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Outreach Tool Kits

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Handy all-in-one packets of ideas, templates, and resources for conducting effective SNAP outreach.


Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

USDA. National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Program designed to assist limited resource audiences in acquiring the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and changed-behavior necessary for nutritionally sound diets, and to contribute to their personal development and the improvement of the total family diet and nutritional well-being.


Cultural Resource Database

USDA. NIFA. Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program.

Database that contains various nutrition education materials for culturally diverse audiences.


brightly colored numbers Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Data

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Provides links to data, statistics and tables concerning the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, including national annual and monthly summaries, as well as State level data.


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Research and Reports

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Links to studies related to characteristics of program participants, rates of participation, impact and effectiveness of policy changes, fraud and the use of Electronic Benefit Transfer.


Briefing Room: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

USDA. Economic Research Service.

Information from USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS) on the Food Stamp Program, including funding issues, research, and a recommended reading list.


Food Stamps and Obesity: Ironic Twist or Complex Puzzle?

USDA. ERS. Amber Waves.

USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS) Amber Waves February 2006 feature article.


Food Stamps and Obesity: What Do We Know?

USDA. Economic Research Service.

Results from reviewed studies indicate that for most participants in the Food Stamp Program use of food stamp benefits does not result in an increase in either BMI or the likelihood of being overweight or obese. However, for nonelderly women, who account for 28 percent of the food stamp caseload, some evidence suggests that participation in the Food Stamp Program may increase BMI and the probability of obesity.


Community Hunger Champions: Helping People Eat Right When Money's Tight (WMV | 584 KB)

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

View a 7 minute online video that encourages communities to partner with and promote the Food Stamp program.