Food stamps are a program administered by the Federal government (actually the U.S. Department of Agriculture) to provide low-income individuals with assistance to purchase food for themselves and their family.
To apply for food stamps, you will need to call the local office to request an application. You can go to the SNAP office to get the list of offices by state here. From there, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on your state. Once you do that pick the office closest to you and contact them.
The next thing you need to know if the application process and eligibility requirements. The local Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program office will help you through the application process and also the eligibility requirements.
I would definitely suggest, if at all possible, to speak with someone at the office and not put your application in online.
Eligibility For Food Stamps
As far as the eligibility requirements, you would save yourself time by looking at the requirements on the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program website here. This website will tell you not only the income and resource requirements, which vary based upon the size of your family, but also the maximum benefit that is allowed to you as a SNAP recipient.
This is also based upon the size of the family you are supporting. A family of one person is currently eligible for $200 in benefit while a family of eight can receive up to $1,202 in SNAP assistance.
In addition to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, there may be benefits available at the state and local level as well.
For example, at your local Office of the Aging they may have information about senior nutrition sites which can provide seniors with a nutritious meal and the opportunity to socialize, and may be able to provide for a home delivered meal as well. So it is important to check into these options as well.
Regardless of the situation, food stamps are a part of the social safety net that allow low income seniors to maintain their standard of living throughout their retirement years.