SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. It is a program that benefits millions of people in the United States by distributing coupons for free food, better known as Food Stamps.
If you are an immigrant who wants to benefit from the Food Stamps, you must meet the following requirements:
- Be an American citizen.
- Be a permanent resident (hold a Green Card) over 18 years of age who has lived for more than five years in the United States.
- Prove that your income is low.
How can I subscribe?
You must subscribe at any SNAP office. About 30 days later, you will be informed if your request has been accepted or denied. The amount of money that you will receive every month will be added to a card that is very similar to a debit card.
What can I buy with my Food Stamp card?
The SNAP card may only be used at supermarkets, shops and food co-ops. You are not allowed to use it at restaurants. You may use the card to buy dairy products, fruits, vegetables, cereals, fish, meats, chicken and breads. You cannot buy pet foods, tobacco, liquor, beer, vitamins, medicines or household goods like soaps.