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Determining Your Food Stamps Eligibility

Determining Your Food Stamps Eligibility

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Determining Your Food Stamps EligibilityFood stamps eligibility, or in other terms, the likelihood of acquiring
government assistance through the Food Stamp Program, is dependent on a
number of personal variables. Food stamp benefits are based on gross and
net incomes. Dependent on the state (food stamps are distributed
through state governments) an individual may be disqualified from
receiving food stamps if they do not have a family or children to feed.
In addition, individuals who are disabled or elderly have higher food
stamps eligibility than those who are able to seek employment.

Again,
food stamp eligibility varies greatly between state regulations and the
interpretations of their specific food stamp program. For the generic
food stamps eligibility scale, the amount of benefits received is
determined by adjusted income and household size following the following
exemptions: a standard deductions, a deduction for dependent care, a
20% earned income deduction, a deduction for child support paid by a
household member, a limited deduction for medical expenses for elderly
or disabled individuals, and a limited deduction for shelter care
expenses.

Regardless of the state, all local government’s will
review an individual’s application in what is referred to as a
“screening process.” A pre-screening tool can be found at any
department’s website. Essentially these resources calculate the
applicant’s food stamp eligibility and then offer the expected amount of
benefits based on the applicants. To possess food stamps eligibility an
applicant must register for work and constantly seek employment. In
addition, all applicants or recipients must also verify their monthly
gross income. Each program possesses a cap on monthly income; those who
exceed the cap are not eligible for receiving food stamp benefits.

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