The Food Stamp Program (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP) gives you benefits based on your household. This factsheet explains about Food Stamp Households.
What is a Food Stamp Household?
- A food stamp household is a group of people living together who buy food and prepare meals together.
- It can be one person buying and preparing food on his own.
Can one house have two or more food stamp households?
- Yes. People in separate food stamp households can live together.
What is a separate food stamp household?
- It can be one person buying and preparing food separately from others in the house.
- It can be a group of persons who buy and prepare their food separately from others in the house.
- They don't have to store their food separately.
- They don't have to use a different stove or refrigerator.
- It can also be someone over 60 years old with a disability that keeps him from buying food and preparing meals.
- The income of the people he lives with must be less than 165% of the poverty level.
- They do not have to buy food and prepare meals separately.
- Someone of any age who can't buy food and prepare meals because of a disability can be a separate household from someone who lives with him and buys and prepares meals.
- The other person must buy the food separately and prepare separate meals.
Can I be a separate household from my spouse?
- No. Spouses living together have to be in the same food stamp household.
Can my children live with me and be a separate household?
- Only if your children are 22 years old or older.
- A younger child living with a parent must be in the parent's food stamp household, even if the child is married or has children.
How do I apply for food stamps separately?
- When you fill out your application, put in only the people you want in your food stamp household.
- Tell your food stamp worker about the other people who live with you, but explain that they buy food and prepare meals separately.
Reviewed May 2012
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