in need of emergency food stamps/ financial help? need to know what to do?

A) I’m sorry to hear that you are in need of emergency food stamps and financial help.

There are some programs that may help you with your situation:

  • Emergency food stamps or expedited SNAP can help low income families in a crisis, such as someone who unexpectedly lost their job or had a reduction in hours. The application for SNAP benefits can be approved in as few as 7 business days. You need to have a very low income and very little savings to qualify. You also need to provide identification and proof of income. You can call the federal government phone number to apply at 1-800-221-5689 or contact your state’s social services agency.
  • The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans by providing them with emergency food assistance at no cost. USDA provides 100% American-grown USDA Foods and administrative funds to states to operate TEFAP. You can contact your state agency to find out how to get food from TEFAP.
  • Emergency allotments were authorized to help give SNAP households a temporary financial boost during the pandemic. State SNAP agencies can issue EA payments on a month-to-month basis to all SNAP households that are not already receiving the maximum SNAP benefit for their household size. You can check if your state is extending additional food stamps money for February 2023 here.

I hope this helps you with your food and financial needs. Stay safe and healthy! 

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