Written by Vanessa Wit
We are all having problems getting ahead. Saving for retirement seems impossible to most. Maintaining a healthy living is getting harder and harder. There are programs created by the United States government to help those in need. If you are truly struggling and having issues even bringing meals to your dinner table, you can benefit from the food assistance program governed by the government.
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If you are struggling with your current household's income to properly feed your families, then you may want to start looking more into the food assistance program in New Hampshire. The food assistance program is now called SNAP- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program- and is a fantastic program that helps so many in the state of New Hampshire. If you need help, then SNAP might be a great option for you if you qualify. Listed below are details of the program, that may help you determine whether or not you may be eligible and how to take next steps.
No matter where you live in New Hampshire; Nashua, Manchester, Portsmouth, Concord, Dover or Keene- you can apply to receive assistance. You cannot, by law, be discriminated against based on residence, age, gender, sexuality, disability, race, or any other factor. The only thing that can be look at is whether or not you need the extra help.
They look specifically at the amount of gross monthly income that your household brings in and the number of people within your household.
In addition to this, you need to be a US resident or a legal immigrant. Also you assets cannot exceed $2,000 or $3,500 if you are over 60. They will also take into account your expenses- utilities, shelter costs, child care and child support costs, and even medical expenses.
You can purchase all food products- meat, fish, poultry, eggs, rice, pasta, dairy, milk, fruits and vegetables, baking ingredients, deli foods, infant formula, and even plants for growing foods at home.
However, there are items that you cannot purchase with your SNAP funds. This includes cigarettes and tobacco products, alcohol, beer , wine, cough syrup, vitamins, tupperware, pet foods, and prepared foods.
There are other ways to save on purchases items that are prohibited with your SNAP debit card- coupons. Use Grocery Coupon Network to find and print out coupons to everything seen above. Coupons for vitamins, alcohol, household items, pet food and so much more can be found throughout our site. You can also find fantastic promotions and sales going on at your local New Hampshire store on all of your favorite brands and products.
You can search our articles for great tips on how the top couponers save the most, so that you can as well. Learn what double couponing in New Hampshire is and how to find the stores that allow this in their policies. Better understand when items go on sale so that you can plan trips around the sales days to save more. These are just a few great tips you can find on Grocery Coupon Network.
We would love for you to even contribute. If you have a coupon or know of an upcoming sale, add to the site so that your fellow New Hampshire neighbors can benefit as well.
In most cases, you will find out whether or not you are accepted into the program within 30 days of applying. If you have an emergency situation and need funds immediately, there is a possibility that you can get benefits quicker. Once accepted, your benefits will be deposited into your account monthly. The funds go into your Electronic Benefits Transfer food stamp account and you will be able to use your EBT debit card. You can use this card at all participating grocery stores in New Hampshire. You will use the same card machine as you would with a credit card.
You can apply for the SNAP Food Stamp Program in New Hampshire online here.
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