County residents can receive help with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Citizens of Texas County can receive help with the former food stamps program May 11 in Licking.

Ozarks Food Harvest is helping community members sign up for federal assistance from 9 a.m. until noon at the United Community Help Center. The representatives will help Texas County residents complete applications for SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. OFH staff will also be available to answer any questions pertaining to the program, but cannot change the amount a current SNAP recipient receives.

Those who want to sign up next week are encouraged to bring the following to help with the application process, although not required:

––Identification (driver’s license or birth certificate).

––Pay stubs, if applicable (rent, earned income).

––Letter showing income received (Social Security, SSI, VA or others).

––Medical bills paid (for those age 60 or older; or disabled).

––Recent bank account/checking statements.

Food pantries and food distribution resources will continue to provide food for those who already receive SNAP benefits, according to Ozarks Food Harvest. SNAP is another resource to help increase the amount of food individuals can choose from. It is a nutrition program; not a welfare cash assistance program (which is called TAFDC). Individuals do not have to be receiving TAFDC to get SNAP — these are separate programs.

SNAP is a federal nutrition program that helps individuals stretch food budgets and buy healthy food. The benefits can be used to purchase food at grocery stores, convenience stores and some farmers’ markets and co-op food programs. SNAP benefits are given to individuals each month on a plastic card called an EBT (electronic benefits transfer) card, which works like a debit card. Paper coupons are no longer used.

For more information about the upcoming event, contact Terra Lamb at 417-865-3411, ext. 125.

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