Are food stamps available to college students?

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Are food stamps available to college students?

MILLIONS OF AMERICANS CAN GET FOOD STAMPS.

However, there are a number of requirements that must be met in order to be eligible for the assistance.

According to the USDA, college students must meet the initial Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility requirements as well as be enrolled less than half-time at their institution.

Students who meet the requirements and are enrolled at least half-time may be eligible for an exemption.

Exemptions may include being under the age of 18 or over the age of 50, having a physical or mental disability, working at least 20 hours per week, or caring for a child under the age of 6.

The USDA’s website has a comprehensive list of exemptions.

Due to the ongoing Covid pandemic, there are also some temporary exemptions.

The bill is called the Consolidated Appropriations Act.

SNAP eligibility for college students was expanded in 2021 for those who:

Because the number of full-time and half-time hours differs by school, it’s best to check with yours to see if you’re eligible.

The temporary exemptions, which took effect on January 16, will last for 30 days after the Covid-19 public health emergency has been lifted.

Although the SNAP program is funded by the federal government, each state determines who is eligible.

Those with gross incomes up to %20130%%20of%20the%20federal%20poverty%20line%20generally%20qualify.

This means that the starting point for a single-person household is around $12,880, with the amount increasing depending on the size of the family.

The poverty line for a four-person household, for example, is $26,500.

More poverty guidelines can be found on the US Department of Health website.

Additional requirements, such as having a certain amount of money in your bank account, are in place in some states.

For example, in Michigan, you must have a combined savings and checking account balance of less than $2,001.

Your bank account could be $3,251 if you’re 60 or older, or if you have a disability.

Your state’s human services or social services center can help you apply for food stamps.

Find a SNAP program and a social service agency in your area.

Extra SNAP funding and free school meals for all students are available during the pandemic until June 30, 2022.

Contact the USDA’s National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-HUNGRY (1-866-348-6479) for immediate food assistance.

Call 212 416 4552 or send an email to [email protected]

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