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Applying For Food Stamps in the Covid-19 Era

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    Millions of Americans have had their lives upended seemingly overnight because of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic that has reached every US state. Unemployment is up and many people are finding that they may need some help to make sure food stays on the table at home throughout the duration of this crisis.

    Legislation making its way through Congress provides $15 billion in additional funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known as Food Stamps. The additional money will help ensure the program will be able to assist people who were recently laid off or furloughed due to Covid-19.

    For many people, this will be the first time they have applied for Food Stamps and the application process will be new to them. To start off, you will need to begin the application process by visiting your states SNAP website. That is because SNAP is a Federal program run by the individual states.

    You will be asked to provide proof of identity of all members of your household, proof of income, and proof of residence. *Note* some states will require you to submit additional documentation. Refer to your states application for more information.

    After you submit your application you will be interviewed by an employee of your states Department of Health Services (or equivalent) who will determine whether you are eligible for benefits. If your application is approved then your benefits will be effective based off your application date.

    These are certainly unique and scary times, but the SNAP program can be a vital tool for individuals and families who suddenly found themselves in need of assistance.

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    Great info. You are 100% right about so many Americans are (or will soon be) applying for food stamps for the first time in their lives. And all these people likely wouldn't have ever applied if not for the coronavirus pandemic completely halting the economy.

    Luckily the stimulus will help this program. Is there any word on if SNAP benefits will increase in any states, or is this new money just going to states in anticipation of greatly increased demand for the program?

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    J.K.Logic Wrote:

    Luckily the stimulus will help this program. Is there any word on if SNAP benefits will increase in any states, or is this new money just going to states in anticipation of greatly increased demand for the program?

    I looked at a couple of articles, and it seems like many states are speaking the same language. Texas, North Carolina, and Missouri, just to name a few, are already asking the government to expand their SNAP benefits either by eligibility, length of time, or by increasing the variety of food products that can be purchased.
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    The average person has got enough to even get good. We need help!!!
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    Here in Georgia, my pregnant daughter with a 4 year old, just started receiving food stamps. Yesterday when she was checking her funds for next month, they were taken away. She is due next month & her place of work has been closed down due to crisis. Why would they take her food stamps?