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Federal, state, and local agencies distribute billions of federal dollars to help eligible low-income people access food, health care, and more. Agencies can verify recipients' financial eligibility for benefits using electronic data from federal, state, and commercial sources.
People whose disabilities keep them from working can apply for Social Security Disability Insurance. People who claim these benefits may also be on prescription opioids for chronic pain. Opioids are addictive and can be misused.
Federal nutrition guidelines are the basis for nutrition assistance programs that serve older adults. However, the guidelines focus on a healthy population and not on the needs of many older adults, such as those with common health conditions and those over age 70.
Millions of households rely on the $64 billion Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps, to buy food. But some stores are defrauding the program by "selling" cash instead of food.
Many college students may not have enough to eat—but nobody knows exactly how many. Studies show a range of estimates, but none of the 31 we reviewed provided a national estimate. We also looked at student use of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Of the 3.
To be eligible for benefits, some Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients must comply with work requirements, which may include participating in a state’s SNAP Employment and Training program. These programs are intended to help recipients become self-sufficient.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, helps 42 million low-income families buy food.
States analyze data to try to spot fraudulent use of SNAP, such as when recipients sell benefits for cash or provide false information so they can collect benefits.