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Written by Vanessa Wit

 

Food Stamps in Arizona - How to Apply


Times are tough. Money is tight. Most of America is feeling the financial strain and focusing more on budgeting monthly spends. Are you an Arizona resident and struggling more than ever? Having trouble feeding your family?


There is a great way to save by using coupons. There are great sites to find a comprehensive list of coupons for all stores in Arizona - GroceryCouponNetwork.com. You can also find first-hand accounts of people and families using coupons and coupon strategies to cut their grocery bills sometimes in half!


But sometimes, coupon savings are not enough and families have major problems getting the nutritional foods their household needs. This is when you take advantage of the Food Stamp program that you are entitle to through the Arizona government. The funds are paid for by our taxes, so you are already paying for it - so why not use it if you really need it?


Explain the Food Stamp Process in Arizona


Formerly called Food Stamps, the program is now referred to as the Nutrition Assistance. The goal of the program is to provide low-income families and individuals with a chance to purchase and prepare nutritious, healthy meals. This is better reflected in the updated name.


Also, food stamps are no longer in the form of stamps. Funds are distributed through debit cards that are filled monthly.


Purpose of Nutrition Assistance


Let's face it, healthier people tend to have less financial strain on the government. By providing lower income families with an option to feed their families healthier foods, this will lead to less medical expenses. Also, research has shown that healthier diets lead to better school performance and all around more productive and happy individuals. This, of course, results in better citizens overall.


The true purpose of the Nutrition Assistance program is to improve the diets of Arizona residents if they cannot do so themselves.


What Can You Buy


The Nutrition Assistance debit card can only be used at approved stores and on approved products. The goal of the program is to help low income families prepare healthier foods. Therefore, the benefits can only be used on foods that can be prepared. Alcohol, cigarettes, non-food items, and toiletries are not approved.


Stretch your food budget and food assistance funds even more with the help of coupons and couponing strategies. Shop smart and search for coupons before you leave for your shopping trip.


Learn about great money saving strategies on Grocery Coupon Network - such as stacking and doubling. When you shop at stores that allow doubling, you do just that - double the value of the coupon you have. Stacking is a great way to save even more on certain products. Be sure to look at coupon restrictions and store couponing rules before you plan out your couponing shopping trips.


Food Stamps Benefits Available to all Eligible Arizona Residents


It doesn't matter where you live in Arizona - if you are eligible due to the household income brought in and the need for assistance, food benefits are your solution to nutritional meals.

  • Phoenix
  • Tucson
  • Mesa
  • Chandler
  • Glendale
  • Scottsdale
  • Gilbert
  • Tempe
  • Peoria
  • Surprise
  • and all cities in between


There are income restrictions involved in determining whether or not you are eligible, be sure to check Arizona's current standards.


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Where and How to Apply for Food Assistance in the State of Arizona


  1. Apply online now. Most of the information can be submitted through the online form, but you may be asked to submit additional information through fax.
  2. You can download the form and then mail or fax it in.
  3. You can also request and hand in applications at your local Family Assistance Administration office.


Once received, the proper authorities will assess your information and start conducting interviews. You will receive a letter in the mail if an interview is needed.


Once the decision is made by the proper authorities, you will be informed about the decision as to whether or not you will receive benefits in the mail. In most cases you will receive notification within 30 days.


Other Ways to Save on Groceries


You can find very helpful tools on how to get the most out of your coupons on Grocery Coupon Network. Read articles written by real couponers and their experiences. Watch videos on how to find the best buys in your favorite grocery store. You can even contribute by notifying our community of sales and deals you find. Join our couponing community today. and help make it better.

 

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