Written by Vanessa Wit
Depending on the county you are applying in, there are different rules and regulations. Each county has its own application process and steps to go through. Read on for more information on how to get food stamps and check out Grocery Coupon Network for savings at you local grocery store.
Before applying, you need to see if you are even eligible. Why waste your time going through the paperwork and waiting in lines, if you are not even eligible?
These questions below only help you determine if you MIGHT be eligible. Each county's restrictions are different, so it is important to check with them before considering yourself ineligible due to these questions.
If you answered YES to both of these questions you are likely eligible. But keep in mind that if you said NO to one of these, there is a possibility of you still being eligible.
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Unfortunately, in the state of California, those that already receive Social Security benefits cannot also receive food stamp benefits. This is mostly due to the fact that the amount of money that has been assigned for Social Security includes funds towards groceries.
Basically, Social Security benefits already have food money baked in, therefore making food stamps unnecessary (in the eyes of the government at least, I am sure some of those receiving Social Security benefit would argue differently).
In the case of those that have documented disabilities or are of a certain age (considered senior citizens in the State of California), medical expenses, rent or mortgage costs, electricity bills, and dependent care costs can be deducted from your gross monthly income amount.
These deductions could easily put you in the range to be accepted to receive food stamps in California.
Immigrants with citizenship or legal permanent residence are entitled to food stamps if their income levels are within the above guidelines.
Families or households with mixed-statuses (meaning some members have become legal citizens or have legal residency and some yet do not)- can still be helped with food stamp assistance.
Applying for foods stamps within California does not affect any US residency application process. Also, when contacting the state of California, there are forms and people to talk to in both English and Spanish (other languages also available in the paperwork).
The first step of the food stamp process is the application. In the State of California, there are now a few way to start the process (in the past, the only way was to go to the office that handles Food Stamps):
Good luck in your Food Stamp application process!
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