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Commodity Supplemental Food Program
Managing Agency U.S. Department of Agriculture http://www.usda.gov/

Program Description

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) works to improve the health of low-income pregnant and breastfeeding women, other new mothers up to one year postpartum, infants, children under six years of age, and elderly people at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious United States Department of Agriculture commodity foods and providing basic nutrition education. The CSFP provides food and administrative funds to states to supplement the diets of these groups.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, applicants must be of low-income and one of the following: an infant under one year of age, a child under six years of age, a pregnant woman, a breastfeeding woman up to one year after giving birth, a new mother up to one year postpartum, or an elderly person 60 years of age or older. Individual states may also require applicants to meet certain nutritional risk eligibility criteria.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

For detailed application information, visit:
http://www.fns.usda.gov/fdd/programs/csfp/csfp_eligibility.htm

Program Contact Information

You may also email us at:
FDD-PSB@fns.usda.gov
For more information, visit:
http://www.fns.usda.gov/fdd/programs/csfp
Community Food and Nutrition Program
Managing Agency U.S. Department of Health and Human Services http://www.hhs.gov/

Program Description

The goals of the Community Food and Nutrition Program are:

1) To coordinate private and public food assistance resources to better serve the food and nutrition needs of low-income populations
2) To assist low-income communities to identify potential sponsors of child nutrition programs in under-served or unserved areas
3) To develop innovative approaches at the State and Local level to meet the nutrition needs of low-income individuals, including displaced workers, elderly people, children, and the working poor and other low-income individuals

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must characterize your financial situation as low income or very low income .

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

For more information, see the Program Contact Information below.

Program Contact Information

For more information please visit: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs
Consolidated Health Centers
Managing Agency U.S. Department of Health and Human Services http://www.hhs.gov/

Program Description

Health Centers offer access to comprehensive primary and preventive health care and social services to medically unserved and underserved populations.  Federally funded health centers offer services to the general community, as well as specific special populations including: migrant and seasonal farmworkers, homeless, public housing residents, and school aged children.  Services are provided to all residents of the service area without regard to an individual's ability to pay. 

General Program Requirements

All people are eligible to receive health care services at a federally funding health center.  Health centers funded through the Consolidated Health Centers (CHC) Program are required to provide services to all individuals regardless of ability to pay.  Federally funded health centers also must provide a schedule of discounts corresponding to established charges for individuals with incomes at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

For more information on how to apply, please visit:
http://bphc.hrsa.gov/about/howtoapply/index.html

Program Contact Information

For more information about the Consolidated Health Centers Program, visit: http://bphc.hrsa.gov
To locate a service delivery site in your area, visit: http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/
To speak with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services about the CHC program, call: 301-594-4300
Or write to: 5600 Fishers Lane, 17-61 RockvilleMD20857
Florida Food Assistance Program (formally known as Florida Food Stamp Program)
Managing Agency Florida http://www.myflorida.com

Program Description

The Food Assistance Program helps ensure that eligible low-income families and individuals are able to obtain a nutritious diet. Food Assistance benefits are intended to supplement other household income and may only be used to purchase food. Other household items such as cleaning supplies, paper goods, clothes, alcohol or tobacco products may not be purchased with Food Assistance.

Food Assistance recipients are able to purchase their food by using an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. This card may be used at any retail store authorized by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The amount of benefits received is based on the household size and financial circumstances.

All individuals who purchase and prepare food together are considered a family group for Food Assistance purposes and must have their eligibility determined together.

To be eligible for Food Assistance family groups must have income and assets below the program standards. After adding all the family groups gross income, the case manager will make deductions to the family groups income. These deductions may include, but are not limited to, shelter (rent, mortgage or utilities), childcare or medical expenses.

Other technical factors must be met for a family to be eligible for Food Assistance. These technical factors may include:

  1. Work registration, having a job or looking for work
  2. Cooperation with Child Support Enforcement
  3. Citizenship or an eligible non-citizen status with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and
  4. Florida residency

General Program Requirements

Most households must pass a gross income limit at 200 percent of the Federal Income Poverty Guidelines (FIPG).

Households with a member disqualified for breaking Food Assistance Program rules, felony drug trafficking, running away from a felony warrant, or not participating in a work program must meet a gross income test at 130 percent of the FIPG. Households with or without a disqualified member must have net income less than 100 percent of the FIPG. Households with people who are, age 60 or older or disabled must only meet the net monthly income limit. Some household expenses may be subtracted from the total monthly income in the food assistance budget. The budget may subtract for shelter expenses, dependent care, medical, child support paid, standard deductions, and earnings. Most food assistance households may have assets such as vehicles, bank accounts, or property and still get help. Households with a disqualified member must meet an asset limit of $2,000 or $3,250 effective October 1, 2011, (if the household contains an elderly or disabled member.)

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

For detailed pre-screening and application information, visit:
http://www.myflorida.com/accessflorida/

Program Contact Information

Florida Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Managing Agency Florida http://www.myflorida.com

Program Description

Florida's Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program provides grants to local governments and non-profit agencies to assist eligible low-income Florida households in meeting the costs of home heating and cooling. The majority of the funds are used for utility payment assistance.

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program can assist customers pay their home energy expenses. The program has three categories of assistance: home energy assistance, crisis assistance, and weather related or supply shortage energy crisis assistance. Each category has unique requirements.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Florida and you must need financial assistance for home energy costs.

A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or certain needs-tested Veterans benefits may be automatically eligible.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

To get an application and to find out how and where to apply for help, contact your local LIHEAP provider.
Look for the county in which you live- the agency's name, address and telephone number will be located below the name of the county. Call that agency and they will help you with the application process.

Program Contact Information

For more information, please visit the LIHEAP homepage.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Managing Agency U.S. Department of Health and Human Services http://www.hhs.gov/

Program Description

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) assists eligible low-income households with their heating and cooling energy costs, and, if the state chooses, to weatherize homes.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must need financial assistance for home energy costs.

A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or certain needs-tested Veterans benefits may be automatically eligible.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

To find out whether you are eligible to receive LIHEAP benefits, contact your state or tribal LIHEAP office. Information about how to contact each office can be obtained at:
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/liheap-state-and-territory-contact-listing

For help applying for LIHEAP benefits, you may also call this toll-free number:
1-866-674-6327

Program Contact Information

For more information about LIHEAP:
You can call the National Energy Assistance Referral (NEAR) project. NEAR is a free service providing information on where you can apply for LIHEAP. You can speak to someone at NEAR Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m.- 5 p.m. (Mountain Time).
You can:
  • Call the toll-free phone number at: 1-866-674-6327
  • send an e-mail to:energy@ncat.org
  • or you can contact your State's LIHEAP office

A list of frequently asked questions about LIHEAP is also available at:
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/resource/consumer-frquently-asked-questions
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
Managing Agency U.S. Department of Agriculture http://www.usda.gov/

Program Description

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides supplemental foods, nutrition education including breastfeeding promotion and support, referrals, and access to health and social services, at no cost to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.

General Program Requirements

Pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, as well as infants, and children up to 5 years of age are eligible if they are individually determined by a health professional to be at nutritional risk and meet state residency and income requirements.

A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), automatically meets the income eligibility requirement.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

To find out if you may be eligible for WIC benefits, complete the WIC Prescreening Tool. The tool is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Haitian, Creole, Korean, Russian, Somali, and Vietnamese. It provides information on how to apply for WIC benefits to those who may be eligible.

For more information about how to apply for WIC benefits, contact your state agency. Contact information for each state agency, including toll-free numbers, can be found on Food and Nutrition Service?s (FNS) WIC State Agency Directory page.

Program Contact Information

For more information visit FNS's WIC homepage.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Managing Agency U.S. Department of Agriculture http://www.usda.gov/

Program Description

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides benefits to low-income people that they can use to buy food to improve their diets. SNAP recipients spend their benefits (provided on an electronic card that is used like an ATM card) to buy eligible food in authorized retail food stores. Through nutrition education partners, SNAP helps clients learn to make healthy eating and active lifestyle choices.

General Program Requirements

Anyone who meets the program eligibility requirements can get SNAP benefits. To be eligible for SNAP most households must meet certain resource and income limits. A household with an elderly or disabled household member need only meet the net income limit.

A household's benefit amount is based on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Thrifty Food Plan, which is an estimate of how much it costs to buy food to prepare nutritious, low-cost meals for a household. A household's net monthly income is multiplied by 0.3, and the result is subtracted from the maximum allotment for the household size to determine the household's allotment. This is because SNAP households are expected to spend 30 percent of their own income on food, so the amount of benefits received help to supplement the household's food budget. For example, if a one-person household has a net income of $500, this amount is multiplied by 0.3 to get $150. The $150 is then subtracted from the maximum allotment of $200 for a household size of one (based on zero income) to get a SNAP benefit amount of $50.

Visit SNAP's eligibility page, to find out more about eligibility requirements and how benefits are computed.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

Learn if you or someone you know might be eligible for SNAP, through using this list of 10 Steps to Help You Fill Your Grocery Bag Through SNAP.

To see if you might be eligible for SNAP benefits, use SNAP's pre-screening tool.

Program Contact Information

Please visit SNAP's Contact Us page to find many ways to get in touch with your local SNAP office.

You can also find the nearest local office by calling your state's SNAP hotline.
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
Managing Agency U.S. Department of Agriculture http://www.usda.gov/

Program Description

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost. Foods are provided for home consumption (e.g., a bag of groceries) or as a prepared meal (e.g, a soup kitchen).

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for foods for home consumption, you must be a resident of the state in which you apply and meet the income qualifications that are determined by the state. Some states accept participation in another program, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), for TEFAP income eligibility.

Recipients of prepared meals are considered to be low-income and are not subject to a means test.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

To find your nearest TEFAP location (e.g., food pantry or soup kitchen), you may contact your State Distributing Agency. Contact information may be found at http://www.fns.usda.gov/fdd/contacts/sdacontacts.htm.

Program Contact Information

Since the program is administered at the state level, you should contact your State Distributing Agency, found in the link above, for more information about TEFAP in your state.

For more information, visit:
http://www.fns.usda.gov/fdd/programs/tefap
You may also email us at: FDD-PSB@fns.usda.gov