SNAP/Food Stamps- The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, provides low-income households with a monthly Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card that can be used, like a debit card, to buy food at most grocery stores and other food retailers, including farmers' markets.
The SNAP/Food Stamp Program is the largest federal nutrition program operated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by state agencies. In D.C. the program is administered by the Department of Human Services’ Economic Security Administration (ESA). In Fiscal Year 2013, over 144,000 D.C. residents benefited from the program. Follow this link to see overall up-to-date SNAP/Food Stamp participation data for the District and every state in the nation. In addition to helping families and individuals put healthy food on the table, USDA research shows every $1 of SNAP/Food Stamps spent in the community generates $1.79 in local economic activity.
D.C. Hunger Solutions partners with ESA to provide information, outreach, training to community partners, and application assistance to help connect more eligible residents to SNAP/Food Stamps. If you want to apply, follow the links to the right for more information on eligibility and how to apply. If you are a community-based agency interested in outreach materials or training for your staff, visit our resource page or contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org).
What's happening with SNAP/Food Stamps in D.C.?
Information on the SNAP/Food Stamp Benefit Decrease
On November 1, 2013, families saw their SNAP benefits decrease due to the premature ending of the extra benefits provided by the 2009 “stimulus” federal law. Watch the video below for information on the decrease, and follow this link to more information.
Food Stamp Challenge Concludes with DC Council Resolution Opposing SNAP Cuts and Advocacy on the Hill (October 16, 2012)
D.C. Hunger Solutions joins with AARP DC Volunteers, the Greater Washington Urban League, and AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly to Fight Senior Hunger