Written by Vanessa Wit
In accordance with various departments under the US government, there must be no discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, political stance, color or disability. No matter who you are, as long as you meet income standards and are a US citizen, you are eligible for the food assistance program.
If you feel like you have been discriminated against during your process, contact U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS):
Write USDA: Office of Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20250
call (800) 795-3272
Write HHS: Office of Civil Rights, Room 506-F,
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201
call (202) 619-0403
The food stamp assistance program is now called SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). This program provides lower income families and individuals with monthly benefits to help provide sustenance on the table.
Criteria for being eligible to receive monthly SNAP benefits:
- Work for low wages
- Unemployed or part-time worker
- Receive government assistance
- Elderly or disabled and living off of small or no income
Whether receiving food stamp benefits or not, there are ways to spread your monthly grocery budgets. Using coupons can save you a lot of money, a lot more than you may think. You may even be able to cut your grocery bills in half. Coupons is the answer and you will find no other resource better than Grocery Coupon Network.
At Grocery Coupon Network, you will find daily coupons from your local grocery store and favorite brands. Grocery Coupon Network is a community of couponers and regular shoppers like you that want to share local promotions and deals with everyone else. Check the site daily to find big promotions, rebates, coupons and much more to save huge.
There are a few ways to apply. You can apply online or you may request an application in person, mail or by phone. Complete as much of the application as you can. If there is anything you cannot fill out, your representative will go over that section with you later- don't let not knowing some information deter you from applying.
Once you have filled out the forms, you will be called in for an interview- phone interviews can be arranged if needed. Once verified and determined eligible, you could receive benefits as soon as 30 days after application is processed. In emergency cases, funds could be available sooner.
Benefits are given out monthly via a debit- like card. Be sure to budget out your funds so that you don't run out before the month is over. This is where using coupons found on Grocery Coupon Network comes in handy. You can find free sample, rebates, sales and much more.
Proof of your identity
Social Security numbers of everyone within your household
Proof of expenses- rent, mortgage, gas, electricity, car loans and payments
Income statements and bank statement for all individuals in your household
If you are accepted you will receive a notice in the mail. If you are denied, you will be notified and given reason s why you were rejected to receive benefits.
All counties and cities in Mississippi partake in the SNAP program. No matter if you live in; Jackson, Biloxi, Hattiesburg, Gulfport, or Tupelo- you can apply if you feel as if you and your family are in need. Southaven, Meridian, Greenville, Madison, Clinton and Pearl residents, fill out an application if you are struggling to provide healthy meals for your family. Don't hesitate or wait another month.
Look for local Mississippi store promotions and sales on Grocery Coupon Network to save money on your next shopping trip. Look for stores in Mississippi that allow you to double your coupons. Find couponers that live in your state, or even your city that can guide you to the best local deals and savings.
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