What to do if you need food stamps in NC
NATIONAL PARKS, N.C. — You can’t buy food stamps with cash, but if you live in a state that has a large population of people with low incomes, you can get one.
There are several ways you can obtain food stamps if you earn less than $1,250 a year.
You need to be a taxpayer, or eligible to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, according to the Department of Agriculture.
If you’re not a taxpayer and you qualify for food stamps, you might get them if: You earn between $1 and $19,960 a year, you have a child under 18, and have a household income of less than or equal to $18,000 a year The food stamp program pays the entire amount of the benefit.
You get food stamps by paying cash or check to a federal or state government agency, which collects the checks and returns the money to you.
The check or cash is usually returned to you within 14 days.
If you get food stamp benefits, you may also have to repay the benefit if you don’t live in one of the six states where food stamps are available.
How to get food help in NC: Find a job that pays more than $25,000A job that does not pay more than your income is considered an unskilled job.
Most jobs paying more than that earn less per hour than unskilled work.
A job earning more than a minimum wage job is considered a “supervisory or management” job.
It pays at least $25 per hour.
You may also qualify for a Food Stamp Payment Reduction (FSPR) if you have no more than 50 percent of your paycheck or the equivalent.
It’s important to remember that there is no federal minimum wage.
There are several state minimum wages, which can be determined by looking up your state’s minimum wage laws.
For more on the basics of how to find work, check out the Food Stamp Handbook and the Federal Food Stamp Guidelines.
You may be eligible for a food stamp if:You have a dependents under age 16 who live in your household, have a disability, or have a condition that would prevent them from working.
If you qualify, you must provide proof that you are receiving SNAP benefits and a proof of income.
If the food stamp recipient is under the age of 18, you don�t have to provide proof of eligibility.
You can still receive the food stamps.
You need a paycheck and the money must be returned to your paycheck.
You can apply to have your food stamp benefit reduced if:There is a hardship or a financial emergency that prevents you from getting food stampsYou live in NC and you are in receipt of a food subsidy, but the benefit has not been reduced for more than 60 daysYou have been denied the benefits or you are applying for a SNAP benefit reduction on the basis that you qualify because of a hardshipYou are an NC resident who has a dependants under age 18.
You are the parent of an individual, or the child of an adult, under the ages of 18 and older who resides in NC, if you receive food stamps from the Supplemental Nutrition Income Program (SNIEP).
If you are a parent of a child who is receiving SNAP food stamps and you receive a food assistance payment reduction because of that child�s qualifying situation, the child must meet certain criteria.
If your child is a child of a parent who is a food recipient, you and your child must provide a statement that you have information on a food benefit application that would qualify you for the SNAP food stamp reduction.
The child must also meet certain other criteria, such as not living in the household, not working, and not being disabled.
You have to pay the full amount of your food benefit, and you can’t apply for a benefit reduction if the amount you are eligible for is less than the full benefit.
Food stamps and housingThe SNAP food program pays cash or checks to a government agency that collects the cash or pays the cash to the recipient.
You pay a maximum amount per month and may also apply for an income-based food stamp subsidy if your monthly income is more than twice the minimum federal poverty line (FPL).
Food stamps can be used for food and shelter.
Food and shelter payments are usually paid monthly.
You also have the option to apply for another payment.
You must give your SNAP benefits to someone.
The government must keep track of the recipients, so you can check on their eligibility.
To make sure you receive the SNAP benefits you want, contact your local government or a local SNAP program.
You’ll need to file a tax return with your state income tax agency to make sure the benefits are paid.
You should be able to get the tax refund within 15 days.
You don�ts have to live in the state that provides food stamps or you can apply for one.
You just need to apply.
To apply, go to the website of the state food stamp