Get the Facts About Food Stamps and Homelessness

Young people grocery shopping.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly called SNAP or food stamps, helps bring healthy food to those who can't afford it. But many eligible people -- including homeless youth -- don't realize they qualify. "Ten Myths and Facts About SNAP for Homeless Persons" (PDF, 144KB) comes straight from the United States Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service and clarifies common misperceptions about SNAP.

Among the myths: "Homeless youth have to provide their parent's income when they apply for SNAP benefits." In fact, homeless young people can apply for SNAP benefits on their own. They can use a letter from a shelter employee to verify where they live.

Learn the truth about other common misconceptions by reading the fact sheet (PDF, 144KB). More information about SNAP is available on the USDA website and in our Ask NCFY article about federal food support programs.

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