Applications for SNAP benefits must be submitted to the agency designated by the state in which you currently live and there are requirements you must meet, including income and resource limits. SNAP income and resource limits are updated annually and are effective through the last day of each September.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides funds to assist with the purchasing of food — such as fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, dairy products, breads and cereals, other foods such as snack foods, non-alcoholic beverages, and seeds and plants which produce food for the household to eat — for low-income households.
Although benefits are distributed by each U.S. state’s Division of Social Services or Children and Family Services, program guidelines are set at the federal level and it is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture, under the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).
In 2018, over $57 billion US was spent through SNAP to support the nutrition of roughly 40 million Americans. Of the 15 nutrition programs administered by FNS, it is the largest and is of vital importance to low-income families across the country.