Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Type: Nutrition assistance
Max award: Average monthly benefit is about $133 per person or $289 per household
Big idea: To help low-income households put food on the table by providing electronic benefits that are redeemed for food at authorized stores.
Who can apply: Low-income individuals and families; to see if you might qualify try the SNAP Pre-Screening Eligibility Tool.
Possibilities: Benefits can be used to purchase food including fruits and vegetables, dairy products, breads and cereals and meat and poultry. They can also purchase seeds and plants which produce food for the household to eat. For a complete list of eligible and ineligible items, please visit the Food and Nutrition Service's Eligible Food Items page.
Real example: SNAP benefits are increasingly being redeemed at farmers markets around the country. Currently about a third of the more than 6,000 farmers markets in the country have an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) machine, which allows them to accept SNAP benefits.
Get more information: For more program information, please visit the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)'s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program page, and to apply for SNAP benefits, please apply through your State agency. To find a farmers market near you that accepts SNAP benefits, please visit the Farmers Markets Directory, and for all SNAP retail locations, please visit the FNS SNAP Retailer Locator.