Get Help – Food
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as “Food Stamps” helps low income families and individuals who cannot afford to buy groceries.
Generally, families that make more than the charted levels of income do not qualify for food stamps. Some exceptions do apply, such as families receiving Cash Assistance(TANF) or Social Security Income.
Women Infants and Children provides supplemental nutrition in the form of checks to help low income individuals purchase items such as bread, eggs, milk, and infant formula. Those who qualify for WIC include:
◾Pregnant (during pregnancy and up to 6 weeks after the birth of an infant or the end of the pregnancy
◾Postpartum (up to six months after the birth of the infant or the end of the pregnancy)
◾Breastfeeding (up to the infant’s first birthday) Infants (up to the infant’s first birthday) Children (up to the child’s fifth birthday)
Foster parents, guardians and single fathers who have custody of their child(ren) may also qualify. Family income and family size are taken into consideration when applying. Be sure to call your local WIC office to ask what to bring to your appointment.
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SHARE (Self-Help and Resource Exchange) is a program that offers meats, fresh fruits and vegetables and grocery items from growers, brokers and packaging plants. Everyone who volunteers just two hours a month are welcome to participate. There are no other income or eligibility guidelines.
Healthy Eating on a Budget
Visit the United States Department of Agriculture’s Choose My Plate webpage for tips and tricks to save money on grocery shopping, ideas for meals, and time-saving strategies in the kitchen!
Heart Insight offers a blog of simple and affordable recipes for those who want to cook at home and eat healthy.
The American Heart Association uses printable and downloadable graphics to present information and tips on eating and shopping healthier.