The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Essay

1211 Words Nov 21st, 2015 5 Pages
According to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Guidance on Non-Citizen Eligibility noted, “For over 40 years, the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has served as the cornerstone of the nation’s nutrition safety net by providing food assistance to low-income families and individuals. Thus, SNAP is considered to be an entitlement program; it is available to nearly everyone with limited income and resources as long as they are citizens or meet certain immigration status requirements. This report help to clarify the SNAP policy on non-citizen eligibility, so individuals who are eligible to receive SNAP benefits, can get them, especially our vulnerable children population. Eligibility requirements, has never been extended to undocumented non-citizens. However, specific requirements for non-citizens who may be eligible have changed substantially over the years and become more complicated in certain areas. The goal of this guidance is to assist people in understanding current eligibility requirements in order to bridge the gap between eligible persons in need of assistance.” Also, this report states, “Many non-citizens are now eligible for SNAP; SNAP participation has been historically low among eligible non-citizen households. In 2008, the participation rate for non-citizens was 51% and the rate for citizen children living with non-citizen adults was 55% as compared to the national participation rate of 67% among all eligible individuals and a…

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