Q) Who governs the Food stamp offices?
A) The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, is a federal program that provides food-purchasing assistance for low- and no-income people. It is a federal aid program, administered by the United States Department of Agriculture under the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), though benefits are distributed by specific departments of U.S. states (e.g. Division of Social Services, Department of Health and Human Services, etc.).
The FNS sets the rules and regulations for the SNAP program, but the day-to-day administration of the program is handled by state and local agencies. The FNS provides funding and technical assistance to state agencies, and it also conducts quality control reviews of state programs.
In each state, the SNAP program is administered by a state agency that is responsible for determining eligibility, issuing benefits, and providing case management services. The state agency may also be responsible for distributing food stamps to eligible households.
The SNAP program is an important part of the social safety net in the United States. It helps to ensure that low-income people have access to nutritious food, and it can help to reduce hunger and poverty.
U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) official web site is http://www.usda.gov.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net.
The Food and Nutrition Service works with State agencies, nutrition educators, and neighborhood and faith-based organizations to ensure that those eligible for nutrition assistance can make informed decisions about applying for the program and can access benefits. FNS also works with State partners and the retail community to improve program administration and ensure program integrity. To get SNAP benefits, you must apply in the State in which you currently live and you must meet certain requirements, including resource and income limits, which are described on this page. SNAP income and resource limits are updated annually. The information on this page is for October 1, 2017, through September 30, 2018.