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Can You Receive Food Stamps While Collecting Unemployment?

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Yes Food Stamps can be obtained with proof of your unemployed status. This can be evidence your employment was terminated or identification and claim cards for unemployment benefits.

To apply for food coupons, normally the applicant must file an application form, have a face-to-face interview and provide verification of certain information, such as income and expenses. The office interview may be waived if the applicant is unable to appoint an authorised representative and no household member is able to go to the office because of age or disability. If the office interview is waived, the local office will interview you by telephone or do a home visit.

The familiar multi-coloured food stamp coupons have now been phased out. SNAP food stamp benefits are now delivered on SNAP EBT (Electronic Balance Transfer) cards which work like bank debit cards.

In order to complete a transaction, the customer swipes the card in a point-of-sale device (POS) and enters a four digit Personal Identification Number (PIN). The store clerk enters the exact amount of the purchase on the POS device. This amount is deducted from the household’s EBT SNAP account. SNAP EBT cards can be used in any authorised store in the United States regardless of the state it was issued, except in Puerto Rico and Guam. Stores stopped accepting paper food stamp coupons on June 17, 2009.

SNAP food stamp benefits can only be used to buy food and for plants and seeds to grow food for your household to eat. SNAP benefits cannot be used to buy any non-food item, such as pet foods; soaps, paper products and household supplies; grooming items, toothpaste, and cosmetics. They also cannot be used to purchase alcoholic beverages, tobacco, vitamins, medicines, hot food and any food that will be eaten in the store.
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You can receive food stamps, but only if your income falls below the income limits for your particular family size. Just like if it was earned income, but you don't get the deductions off unearned income like you do earned income.

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