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Many families and individuals are eligible for SNAP. Receiving SNAP benefits can open the door to many other programs, including free meals for your children at school, utility discounts, and free cell phone service.
Child support costs include direct money payments, monies paid directly from Unemployment Insurance, Worker’s Compensation, or your regular pay. You can also include costs of health insurance, overdue child support, and any third-party payments, such as to a landlord or utility company.
To deduct child support payments, the child support must be legally obligated. The DTA will not deduct amounts you pay voluntarily.
If you receive foster care payments, you have two options for completing your application. You can include the foster children in your household and the foster payments you receive (as unearned income) — or you can decide not to include the foster children and eliminate the foster care payments from your income. You cannot apply for your foster children alone.
If you are now receiving SNAP benefits, your children may be eligible for free and reduced-price school meals. (Note: In the 2021-2022 school year, all school meals are free for all students)
You can apply for free or reduced-price school meals through your child’s school. If you were previously denied this benefit because of your income, but are now receiving SNAP, you should re-apply. Talk to your child’s school to be sure you have completed all necessary forms.
For more information contact Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333.