How Poor Do You Have To Be To Get Foo...

How Poor Do You Have To Be To Get Foodstamps?

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justwantingtokno w

Irvine, KY

#1 Nov 17, 2012
Me and my husband make around 250 each a week. We fill up the gas tank so we can make it back and forth to work. We then pay rental bill around 50 a week. Pay back money we had to borrow in the previous week from my husbands mother. buy gas for our heater. and so on, by this saturday we are broke. Do you think I qualify for food stamps? We literally are broke all the time and usually have to eat dinner at one of his parents houses thru the week. I am so tired of being without food but am scared if i take the time off work to deal with them and i dont get it we will have less money and in a worse situation that week.
How poor

Richmond, KY

#2 Nov 17, 2012
Poorer than a witch in a broom factory
justwantingtokno w

Irvine, KY

#3 Nov 17, 2012
How poor wrote:
Poorer than a witch in a broom factory
isnt it "happier" than a witch in a broom factory
How poor

Richmond, KY

#4 Nov 17, 2012
justwantingtoknow wrote:
<quoted text> isnt it "happier" than a witch in a broom factory
Typically. But she didn't ask how happy. She asked how poor. I would imagine that a witch, while happy at first, would eventually become poor from spending too much money on brooms at the broom factory. That is if we say that this takes place at a broom factory that doubles as a broom outlet.

Since: May 12

Location hidden

#5 Nov 17, 2012
Do you make $250 a week each, or both added together? Also, is that gross or take home, because that matters. They won't care that you have loans/debts to pay back, they'll just say you should buy food first.

ehow.com says this...

Singles
As of January 2011, single Kentucky residents may not earn more than $1,174 in gross monthly income and no more than $903 in net monthly income, according to the USDA. Disabled persons and those over the age of 59 may not exceed 165 percent of the federal poverty level in gross monthly income, which amounts to $1,490.

Households
Kentucky food stamp limits depend upon the amount of persons in the household. A household can include a spouse, relatives living under the same roof, dependent children under the age of 18 and children under the age of 21 who still live with their parents. Per USDA guidelines, each additional member of a household adds $312 to the base net monthly income limit of $903 and $406 to a base gross monthly income of $1,174. A family of four may not exceed $2,389 in combined gross income every month and $1,838 in net monthly income.
justwantingtokno w

Irvine, KY

#6 Nov 17, 2012
500 a week.. we make around 2 thousand a month after taxes
justwantingtokno w

Irvine, KY

#7 Nov 17, 2012
and it is just me and my husband no children live with us
Taxpayer

London, KY

#8 Nov 17, 2012
justwantingtoknow wrote:
and it is just me and my husband no children live with us
Mama, I will tell you how to get food stamps and other govt assistance. Don't work and try to get on SSI. It's the Estill County way. People like you make me proud, and belive me it's hard on us folk that work hard.
justwantingtokno w

Irvine, KY

#9 Nov 17, 2012
Taxpayer wrote:
<quoted text>Mama, I will tell you how to get food stamps and other govt assistance. Don't work and try to get on SSI. It's the Estill County way. People like you make me proud, and belive me it's hard on us folk that work hard.
I will never be on SSi, disability or anything else because i dont need it. I am able to work and do. you may find it an easy way to be a bumm but i am in serious need of money for food.
here

Irvine, KY

#10 Nov 17, 2012
A household is any person, family or group of people who live and buy and eat food together. Adult children older than 21 who live with their parents may qualify for their own food benefit accounts if they purchase and prepare food separately from their parents. Adult siblings living together, but not with their parents, who purchase and prepare meals separately may also have separate SNAP benefit accounts.
The following people must be included in one household account, regardless of whether they purchase and prepare meals separately:
A spouses of any household member.
Parents living with their natural, adopted or stepchildren who are age 21 or younger.
Children younger than 18 who are dependents of an adult household member.
What are the basic eligibility requirements?
Citizenship
Only U.S. citizens and some legal foreign residents of the United States may receive food benefits.
Work Registration
Anyone in a household who is 16 to 60 years old and can work must register for, look for and accept work. There are some exceptions to this requirement.
Resources
A household may have no more than $2,000 in cash and bank account assets. If a member of the household is 60 or older, the household may have no more than $3,000 in resources. Some resources not used to calculate household assets include the dwelling, its contents and personal belongings. Vehicles also are excluded.
Income
The amount of money a household can receive and still be eligible to receive SNAP benefits depends on household size. Money from wages or other payments to any household member is counted as income.
Your household may qualify for deductions from the household's income such as rent, utilities, legally obligated child support paid to someone outside the household and babysitting expenses. If your household includes older or disabled members, you may be able to deduct medical costs.
Proof of income and expenses must be provided to receive deductions. Such proof can be provided with pay stubs, social security letters, rent and utility receipts or savings account statements. The amount of benefits your household will receive is based on household size and income after deductions.

If your household needs help right away, you may be able to get your SNAP benefits within a few days after applying.

If it would be difficult for you to come in to the Family Support office, you can call the office and ask if you can be interviewed on the phone.
If you must miss work to apply, call ahead and make an appointment. This will help reduce the time you must miss from work.
How will I know if my household is approved for SNAP benefits?
After filing an application, you will receive a notice within 30 days telling you whether or not your household has been approved for SNAP benefits.
If your household is approved, you will receive a letter telling you the amount of benefits you will receive and advising you when you have to be interviewed again to continue receiving benefits.
help

London, KY

#12 Nov 18, 2012
just go down there, it's worth letting them check to see if you qualify, it sounds like you probably would, but if I were you I would just make an appointment and go see. What do you have to loose?..Just take all your financial info, income and copies of your bills, and info on everyone living in your house. It doesn't take that long, and it is worth it especially if you have kids. Don't be ashamed, that is what the program is for, and don't worry about what people say, because taking care of you family is all that matters..

“"Lookin' Over Yonder"”

Since: Apr 11

High on the Mountain

#13 Nov 18, 2012
It appears there are several that know how to play the system...
Really

Irvine, KY

#14 Nov 19, 2012
help wrote:
just go down there, it's worth letting them check to see if you qualify, it sounds like you probably would, but if I were you I would just make an appointment and go see. What do you have to loose?..Just take all your financial info, income and copies of your bills, and info on everyone living in your house. It doesn't take that long, and it is worth it especially if you have kids. Don't be ashamed, that is what the program is for, and don't worry about what people say, because taking care of you family is all that matters..
Taking care of your family means working for them. I hope to see the day when all freeloading is stopped.
What

Irvine, KY

#16 Nov 19, 2012
justwantingtoknow wrote:
500 a week.. we make around 2 thousand a month after taxes
With just you and your husband making 2 thousand a month, you should be doing ok, stop living above your means, buy your food with the money you earn. No hand outs for you.
the thread starter

Irvine, KY

#17 Nov 19, 2012
What wrote:
<quoted text>
With just you and your husband making 2 thousand a month, you should be doing ok, stop living above your means, buy your food with the money you earn. No hand outs for you.
i am not living above my means. I dont buy anything but what we need. I dont use drugs, I dont even drink (mostly bc we have no one to get it for us even if we had the extra money for it) We are a young coup,e, both 18, living on our own. We both have jobs but our BILLS, like rent, electric, water, trash, and our furniture and rental payments all together is 1600 a month. Add 287 on top of that for my car rent because i have to have a way to get to work.. then we spend around 100 or more in gas a week and that leaves us with no money.. Please tell me how i am living above my means? I don't even have a tv and I am using my neighbors internet and computer. I would appreisiate someone at least telling How to change what they think i am doing wrong, instead of just calling me a bum. I have never been on any type of government benefit, except my medical card i got until my 18th birthday. please stop being so rude I dont understand why you people do that. Why cant you just help someone instead of being a smart ass. and if you cant help them.. dont comment. how hard is that?

Since: May 12

Location hidden

#18 Nov 19, 2012
I do feel for those who work hard, make the effort, and still cannot "get ahead". Still, I know families of 4-5 people that bring home about that much and they make it, but it is a struggle. With the right planning, 2 should be able to make it on these $$.

Surf the net and find some advice on budgeting. Prioritizing your spending is key. Always save some $$ even if it is just change in a jar to get started. A well-maintained older car is almost always cheaper to keep than a newer shinier one. Someday when you're ready to own a home, a fixer-upper that you pour effort into is more fulfilling than a "dream home" attached to a nightmate mortgage. Learn to cook from "scratch", it is cheaper... and cook together as a couple, it is fun.

I know it is hard to look around and see others having things you cannot afford yet. But many of those "haves" are simply up to their eyeballs in debt and are teetering miserably on the brink of bankruptcy. Some others that appear to be "haves" are simply milking the system or doing it illegally. Don't fall into any of those traps.
Really

Irvine, KY

#19 Nov 19, 2012
the thread starter wrote:
<quoted text> i am not living above my means. I dont buy anything but what we need. I dont use drugs, I dont even drink (mostly bc we have no one to get it for us even if we had the extra money for it) We are a young coup,e, both 18, living on our own. We both have jobs but our BILLS, like rent, electric, water, trash, and our furniture and rental payments all together is 1600 a month. Add 287 on top of that for my car rent because i have to have a way to get to work.. then we spend around 100 or more in gas a week and that leaves us with no money.. Please tell me how i am living above my means? I don't even have a tv and I am using my neighbors internet and computer. I would appreisiate someone at least telling How to change what they think i am doing wrong, instead of just calling me a bum. I have never been on any type of government benefit, except my medical card i got until my 18th birthday. please stop being so rude I dont understand why you people do that. Why cant you just help someone instead of being a smart ass. and if you cant help them.. dont comment. how hard is that?
You could have gone out and found some nice gently used furniture. Car rent, oh please, get a grip and budget your income.
hmmmmmmmmmmm

Harrison, AR

#20 Nov 19, 2012
It is hard to make it.But look at the things you have to have.See what you can cut out.If your renting furniture then let it go.Throw a quilt in the floor and sit on it.Cut out anything you dont have to have.Food has to be first.If your paying that much in gas,then consider moving closer to your job .Then maybe you wont have to rent the car.The other person can drive while the other can walk maybe.You just have to realize what is most important.You can sign up for food stamps,all they can do is turn you down.Go to a flea market or Craigslist and buy furniture after you save a little.You make quiet a bit to be struggling this much.But your young and it takes time to figure this stuff out.
wowee

Jackson, KY

#21 Nov 19, 2012
I wish I had a hundred dollars a week for gas. I have been riding around on fumes for ever. Hmmmm is right, buy used and cut it off or out if you don't need it. I am not trying to be rude just help you a little. Me and my husband slept on a $20 dollar store air mattress till we saved enough for furniture. I save $30 bucks a month by unplugging things and turning stuff off all the time. Turn down the heat and wear thicker clothes. If you have a draft at the window or door put an old towel in front of it. Shut off rooms you don't usethat have no water pipes. If we did it you can do it too. You gotta believe in yourself. If you need help and can get it there is no shame in it so go see. All the can say is yes or no but you wll never know till you do. Also I hope you and him are taking precautions to not get pregnant either because if you can't afford it now it will be non-existent if you get a kid. Roman noodles taste pretty good if you put a dash of worchestire or soysauce in it. I hope things get better for you honey but you have to use your head. Good luck.:)
Dump

Gray, KY

#22 Nov 19, 2012
the thread starter wrote:
<quoted text> i am not living above my means. I dont buy anything but what we need. I dont use drugs, I dont even drink (mostly bc we have no one to get it for us even if we had the extra money for it) We are a young coup,e, both 18, living on our own. We both have jobs but our BILLS, like rent, electric, water, trash, and our furniture and rental payments all together is 1600 a month. Add 287 on top of that for my car rent because i have to have a way to get to work.. then we spend around 100 or more in gas a week and that leaves us with no money.. Please tell me how i am living above my means? I don't even have a tv and I am using my neighbors internet and computer. I would appreisiate someone at least telling How to change what they think i am doing wrong, instead of just calling me a bum. I have never been on any type of government benefit, except my medical card i got until my 18th birthday. please stop being so rude I dont understand why you people do that. Why cant you just help someone instead of being a smart ass. and if you cant help them.. dont comment. how hard is that?
the car rent.Get a cheap car.Even if you have to make payments,they do come to an end.One cheap on gas or ride share.You do only have 1 car right?If not you only need one.Find a cheaper place to rent.Move closer to your work.Less gas that way.Also try to get a place where you can grow a small garden.Every little bit helps.Get rid of the garbage bill and take your garbage to work and put it in their trash or somewhere else.Do it everyday so it doesn't pile up and you won't have much to thro away.Get rid of the furniture payment.I just got rid of a nice couch because I didn't have room for it.No bugs either.If you do get a chance to buy food,look for bargains,use coupons when ya can and learn how to cook rough grub and leftovers go for lunch at work.That cuts out on buying lunch.
I applaud you for working and taking care of yourselves.Your just starting out and the nice stuff comes later in life.One rung on the ladder at a time kid.Good luck

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