The Government Wants You to Know That It’s Totally Okay to Apply for Food Stamps

After Karina Briski wrote about the time she considered applying for food stamps, we came to a general consensus that if you’re eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and need food, you should definitely apply for it.

The government agrees. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is spending up to $3 million in advertising to encourage more people who are eligible for food stamps to apply for them. USDA records show that one in four Americans who are eligible for food stamps don’t participate in the program. Some Americans are denied because their applications aren’t processed properly, while some face other barriers when applying for food stamps, as we learned yesterday from Janis Adkins’s heartbreaking story. It’s worth repeating: If you’re hungry and eligible for SNAP, don’t be ashamed to apply for it, and don’t let anyone make you feel ashamed about doing it.

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…and never, ever pay more the 1/3 of your income in rent!

Just kidding. Thank you for this, Mike.

MuffyStJohn (#280)

The government wants you to know it’s OK to apply! And your fellow citizens want you to know that they will judge the shit out of you once you do.

Saaoirse (#112)

I love you, Mike Dang. We all love you.

lemons! (#384)

When I was in college I applied for food stamps and I qualified and ate so well for one month. But the office was in a place you have to drive to so I didn’t keep it up. It made no sense to place a government agency so far out of the center of town especially one that would help those without the funds for a car. Rural college town, you’re doing it wrong!

Derbel McDillet (#1,241)

@Dont Move to Finland In my area, a lot of social services are moving into old, semi-abandoned malls. It’s actually worked out pretty well, since there is still good bus service to the malls and it serves as a kind of “one-stop shop” where clients can visit the Social Security Office and DHHR under one roof.

@Dont Move to Finland The way it works now, you shouldn’t have to go to an actual office more than once every 6-12 months for SSDI/SSI/SNAP. They just automatically load the food stamp funds onto what is essentially a debit card every month, and direct deposit or mail checks for social security.

Dear Mike Dang,
What do you do when your SO had SNAP benefits, so you applied with him when his renewal came up, because you made like $8k last year, and then the government decides that you–as a two-person household rather than a single individual–deserve LESS money than the SO was getting before on his own?

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