Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Guidance on Non-Citizen Eligibility

Posted on October 10, 2011

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Guidance on Non-Citizen Eligibility

http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/government/pdf/Non-Citizen_Guidance_063011.pdf

For over 40 years, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) has served as the cornerstone of the nation’s nutrition safety net by providing food assistance to low-income families and individuals. Since SNAP is an entitlement program, it is available to nearly everyone with limited income and resources as long as they are citizens or meet certain immigration status requirements. This Guidance seeks to help simplify and clarify SNAP policy on non-citizen eligibility so that all those who are eligible for SNAP get the benefits they are eligible to receive, especially children in need.


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