Have you ever applied for food stamps?
I have . . . twice.
Once as a sophomore in college eleven years ago and again as a budding entrepreneur, um, about a week ago.
Currently, my income is . . . how should I put this? Modest.
If that old Michigan dude qualified for food stamps AFTER winning the lottery, surely, a non-millionaire like myself would have no problem obtaining food assistance.
Why not see if I’m eligible for aid that’d reduce my grocery bill?
Have you seen how much Greek yogurt costs these days? And don’t get me started on the rising price of organic milk.
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Technically, I didn’t apply for food stamps. I used an online tool to see if I might qualify for benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
After completing a short questionnaire on my state’s website, I received the bittersweet news that I’m ineligible for food stamps.
I’m just not poor enough. Dammit! I was really looking forward to adding more snow crab to my diet. Oh well.
Although SNAP is a federally funded program, it’s administered by the states. And my state decided that if you have more than $2,000 saved up, you ought to be able to feed yourself.
Strangely, only fourteen states require their residents to “pass” an asset test in order to qualify for SNAP. I’m lucky enough to live in one of them.
I estimate that I have until the end of 2013 before I seriously begin to question whether my income and assets afford me the luxury of eating.
But frankly, if I qualified for food stamps, I’d get ‘em. I mean, I’ve paid plenty of taxes in my lifetime. Not to mention, every dollar I save on food is a dollar I can invest in my business.
Judge me if you will; I’m tellin’ you the truth.
If you qualified for government assistance but didn’t need it, would you accept it?