How Long Can You Stay on Food Stamps?

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There Is No Time Limit

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which heads the food stamps program, otherwise known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, has no time limit on how long someone can receive food stamps. As long as you meet the eligibility criteria, you can stay on them.

You Might Not Qualify for Long

If your income increases, you may no longer qualify. Most people receive food stamps because they have some financial difficulties, like the loss of a job, and most people hope those difficulties will be temporary. If your financial situation improves, you may no longer qualify for food stamps. You must notify your caseworker if your income changes while you are on food stamps.

Bottom Line

You can stay on food stamps as long as you need them. Most people only need them temporarily, though. You can only stay on food stamps as long as you meet the eligibility criteria.


About the Author

Mike Andrews is a freelance writer and serial entrepreneur focused on small-business and entrepreneurship for average people. He holds a bachelor's degree in biblical studies and a master's degree in theology and has appeared in a wide array of print and online periodicals including "HiCall," "Mature Living" and "Caregivers Home Companion."

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