If you or a loved one are on disability benefits, you are unable to work, and you may be worried about your ability to make money and pay for basic needs, such as groceries. Fortunately, there could be help available for you.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is available for needy families who do not have enough income to afford groceries. It is the largest program in the US dedicated to keeping families from going hungry.
SNAP is most utilized by people who are disabled. In fact, 64% of SNAP recipients are either children, elderly, or disabled. In fact, able-bodied adults with no children or other dependents are restricted from receiving SNAP for more than 3 months every 3 years.
So how do you know if you qualify for SNAP? Knowing if you qualify for SSDI or SSI will help. If you qualify for SSI benefits, your household will certainly qualify for SNAP as well.
If you qualify for SSDI benefits, you could potentially receive SNAP, but not necessarily. SNAP qualification is based on a household’s income, while SSDI benefits are awarded based on someone’s work history. If you worked throughout your life and became disabled, but you still have a spouse who is working, you will likely not qualify for SNAP.
If you’re not sure if you qualify for SSI or SSDI, you should speak with a Social Security disability attorney or advocate. He or she can discuss your specific income limits and work history and help you start the Social Security application.