You could be eligible for assistance through this federal program if you meet any of these criteria:
- You’re a pregnant woman on a low income
- You’re currently breastfeeding
- You have one or more children aged 5 or under
But the key to being eligible for the supplemental nutrition program is that your child/children, nursing infanct, or expectant baby are deemed a “nutritional risk“.
In other words, if your children/baby are at risk of not meeting all their nutritiona needs due to a low income.
If you’re pregnant or have children under 5 who you’re able to provide for comfortably to meet their nutritional needs, you’re unlikely to be eligible for this program.
The good news is this:
If you already receive SNAP, Medicaid, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) then you automatially meet the income requirements for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program.
You will then only need to meet one or more of the above three listed requirements related to your children’s age or whether you’re pregnant or nursing an infant.