Food Stamps = SNAP

In 2008, the federal Food Stamp Program was renamed the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In New Hampshire, you will notice the program referred to as the Food Stamp Program, SNAP, or even EBT, which stands for Electronic Benefits Transfer. An EBT card, much like a debit card, is what someone utilizing SNAP (Food Stamps) uses to purchase food at the grocery store and at some farmer’s markets. If you have doubts about applying for Food Stamps, check out the beliefs and facts below.

Belief Fact
I make too much money to qualify. The program looks at your income AND expenses, with deductions given for child care, rent/mortgage, medical expenses, utilities, and various other expenses.
I don’t have children. Over 44% of recipients do not have children.
I will take benefits away from a needier family. Anyone and everyone that qualifies will receive Food Stamps.
I’m not on welfare. The majority of Food Stamp households do not receive any other type of assistance.
I don’t want to be seen using Food Stamps. The Food Stamp program uses an Electronic Benefits Card that functions like a debit card. Only you and the cashier will know that you are using it.
It’s not worth the effort to sign up – I will only get a small amount. In New Hampshire, the average benefit is $230 per household. Nationally, the average Food Stamp household received $260 per month. If you don’t spend your Food Stamp award during the month, it can be carried over to the next month.
SNAP is a drain on taxpayers. Every $1 in SNAP benefits generates $1.73 in economic activity. Food Stamps not only help low-income people buy groceries, it frees up cash for other expenses, such as medical care, clothing, home repairs, and childcare. That benefits local businesses and their employees, which boosts the economy as a whole.
I’m homeless. Even if you don’t have a phone or address, you can receive Food Stamps.