got temporary guardianship … can we apply for food stamp

Q) I just got temporary guardianship for the next 5 months on our grandchildren. My question is can we apply for food stamp since they are in our care? The parents were getting food stamps monthly counting the grandchildren, they don’t have their children at this time. Don’t know where to start but we are needing help with food.

A) Yes, if you have temporary guardianship of a child, you may be eligible to apply for food stamp benefits on their behalf. In most cases, the child’s income and resources will be considered when determining eligibility and benefit amount. You will need to provide documentation of the temporary guardianship, as well as the child’s income and expenses. You can apply for food stamp benefits online through your state’s SNAP website, or in person at your local SNAP office.

When your house hold size has changed you can apply for a review of your food stamp benefits. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be easier for you and your family to get food stamps and take part in meal programs. Contact your state’s social services agency to see if you’re eligible.

During the pandemic:

  • Food stamp (SNAP) recipients may receive additional funding.
  • Parents can pick up school meals for their kids to eat at home.
  • People can enroll in food programs remotely rather than in person. This applies to programs for pregnant women, families, seniors, and people with disabilities.

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