If paying for food is your main concern, there are a couple of programs to help you out.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, was once more commonly known as food stamps. SNAP is meant to offer individuals and families access to funds to help pay for groceries each month. SNAP eligibility depends on your household and its income, but you can use this tool to determine whether or not you qualify and how much you’ll quality for.
With SNAP, you’ll be given a special debit card preloaded with your qualified amount. Each month, funds will be added to the card, which you can use at grocery stores, convenience stores, and in some cases even farmer’s markets. SNAP only works for certain food and products, so other items will still need to be paid for out of your pocket. Still, it’s a great way to ease the burden of your food budget, especially when paying for produce, meat, dairy, and other nutritionally dense foods to keep you healthy.
If you don’t qualify for SNAP, or you’re pregnant, just had a baby, or have young children, you might qualify for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, or WIC. It’s especially designed to benefit women who are pregnant, who have just had a baby, or children up to age five. WIC helps to pay for nutritional basics like baby formula, milk, produce, and cereal. WIC can also give you access to counseling and services for new moms and children.