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.
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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.
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.
- Getting SNAP.org: Getting SNAP/Food Stamps
- Kelly Morris, Social Worker, Mansfield, Ohio.
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