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Can You Get Food Stamps If You Get SSDI?


If you are struggling financially due to disability or some other reason, there are programs that can help. You can receive benefits or even free items to help you get through tough economic times.

Those who are disabled rely on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). These benefits are given to those who have a medical condition as defined by the Social Security Administration’s strict definition of disability and have worked in jobs that take Social Security taxes out of the paychecks.

Besides SSDI, you can get other benefits as well. One benefit you should not overlook is food stamps. Also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), this type of government assistance allows you to buy healthy food so you can avoid going hungry, regardless of your income.

SNAP issues electronic benefits that can be loaded onto a debit card and used like cash to purchase food. This program helps not only those who are disabled, but also low-income working people and senior citizens.

SNAP is a federal program, but it is administered at the state level. Therefore, the requirements vary from state to state. To be eligible for benefits, you must meet specific resource, income, and work requirements depending on where you live. There are two main conditions. Your gross income must be $1,580 or less. For two people, the limit is $2,137. In addition, your total assets must be under $4,250.

The amount of benefits you can receive each month depends on your household size. For one person, you can get up to $291. For a family of four, it goes up to $973 a month. For a household with eight people, you can receive up to $1,751 in benefits. For any additional family members, it’s an extra $219 per person.

This may sound great, but there are limitations. SNAP has strict rules in place regarding the use of the benefits. SNAP can be used to buy breads, cereals, fruits, vegetables, meat, and dairy products. It can also be used to buy seeds and plants to produce food for the household to eat.

SNAP cannot be used to buy alcohol, cigarettes, or tobacco. It cannot be used for hot foods or food that will be eaten inside a store. It also cannot be used for nonfood items, such as vitamins, medications, household supplies, soap, paper products and pet food.

Learn More About Social Security Disability Benefits

If you are disabled, be sure to use all the resources available to you. Besides SSDI, you may also qualify for food stamps so you can get access to food and not go hungry.

Count on a White Plains Social Security Disability lawyer from The Law Office of Michael Lawrence Varon to help you understand all the benefits you are entitled to receive. We can also help you deal with any legal issues you may be facing. To schedule a free consultation, fill out the online form or call (914) 228-1770.



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