You want the best for you and your family. You want everyone in your family to eat right and stay healthy. The Food Supplement Program helps low income people buy the food they need for good health. You may be able to receive a food supplement if you:
- work for low wages,
- are unemployed or work part-time,
- receive public assistance payments,
- are elderly or disabled and live on a small income, or
The amount of food supplement you are eligible for is based upon the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Thrifty Food Plan. The Thrifty Food Plan is an estimate of how much it costs to buy food to prepare nutritious, low-cost meals for your household. This estimate is changed every year to keep pace with food prices.
In the Food Supplement Program, a household is normally a group of people who live together, buy food and prepare meals together. If your household passes the program's eligibility tests, the amount of food purchasing assistance you receive will depend on the number of people in your household and on how much monthly income is left after certain expenses (deductions) are subtracted
The income eligibility guideline requirements can be viewed at the USDA.
To find out if you qualify for this program, you may apply on line via SAIL or visit one of the local offices
Click Eat Right When Money’s Tight (PDF) for information about how to maximize your Food Supplement Program assistance funds.
Interpretation Services are available free of charge for limited English proficiency customers. Please contact one of the local offices for assistance.