Social Security And Food Stamps: Do The Programs Affect Each Other?

Unfortunately, a common question we run into from potential clients is whether collecting Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) will affect their ability to obtain or continue to receive food stamps.

Keep in mind, food stamps are a benefit through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), administered at the state level. Each state has different criteria for qualifications, so it really depends on where you live, your income and the number of assets you have, as to whether or not you are eligible to receive them.

SSDI, on the other hand, has rigid requirements, those being that a person is completely disabled and that his or her disability is expected to last longer than a year. Additionally, you must have earned work credits to qualify for SSDI.

Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of people who collect SSDI also live below the poverty line, so many are also eligible to collect food stamps. Last year, the Huffington Post estimated that almost 17 percent of people who received food stamps also lived in households with people collecting SSDI or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

For more information about food stamps, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), you can visit the SNAP website at USDA.

Am I Eligible for SSDI?

If you have further questions about SSDI or SSI, you can visit our Social Security FAQ page.

If you find out you are not eligible for food stamps or SSDI, you should contact your local elected representatives, who have the power to make legislative changes to these programs as far as eligibility requirements.

If you suffer from a disability that leaves you unable to work, we suggest contacting a Tulsa Social Security disability attorney. We will help you every step of the way and fight for your rights. Call us today.

Troutman & Troutman, P.C. – Tulsa Social Security disability lawyers

Troutman Touts: The USDA website has a prescreening tool that can help a person determine if he or she is eligible for food stamps.


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