A single mom has many responsibilities on her shoulder including providing housing, food, medicine & transportation for her kids. With rising commodity prices, groceries are getting expensive and single moms are looking to the government for financial aid. Depending on your annual income & size of your family, you may be eligible for government food stamps. Government sponsored food stamp programs help single mothers with low incomes to buy food necessary for a healthy living & proper nurturing of their children. To be eligible to receive food stamps, single moms must meet income requirements and be a US citizen, national or a qualified alien. Also, she must have a Social Security Number.
As a general rule of thumb, your household cannot have more than $2,000 in resources to qualify for food stamps. However, if your household has a person who is disabled or above 60 years, then the limit is $3,000. Resources that single moms receive from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or social security benefits are not counted towards the food stamps program. In other words, you can receive food stamps & TANF benefits at the same time.
Applications for food stamp benefits are available at any Social Security offices. To find a Social Security office closest to you, go to this social security office locator. If you or anyone in your household is receiving social security payments, then their office will help you fill out the food stamps application form. If this is your first time applying for food stamp benefits, you will be scheduled to attend an interview with a specialist. When attending the interview, be sure to take the following documents with you:
- Personal ID including a passport, birth certificate, state
ID or alien card.
- Proof of income e.g. pay stubs, social security benefit stubs, etc.
- Proof of your childcare expenses.
- Proof of rent or mortgage payments & utility bills.
- Medical bills for people over 60 years or disabled in your household.
To find out how much in food stamps you are eligible for, visit this Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Pre-Screening Eligibility Tool.
Lots more information is available at the Social Security Administration's website, find the URL below.
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-772-1213
If you meet all the eligibility criteria such as income requirements & citizenship, you must also register for work to receive food stamp benefits. Most able-bodied single moms between 18 to 60 years old will be asked to register for employment training.
Once you are approved for food stamps, you will be issued a card that works just like a debit card. This allows you to receive food stamps without embarassment. To use the card, you would present it at the supermarket just like a credit card. You will be given a set amount of money you can spend each week for food stamp benefits.
According to this article by Kait8.com, Food stamp program growing, but more in need of help, a family of four can receive up to $668 per month to pay for food costs. Items such as alcohol, cleaning & paper products cannot be purchased with food stamp money. What types of people apply for food stamp benefits? Dianne Stirling, Poinsett County Department of Human Services Administrator quotes, "We see homeless people with just one person, we see single mothers with children, we see single dads with children."