Department of Human Services

Food Stamp Online  Policy Manual

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PURPOSE OF THE FOOD STAMP PROGRAM 

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The Food Stamp Program is designated to promote the general welfare and to safeguard the health and well being of the Nation's population by raising the levels of nutrition among low-income households.   

 

Section 2 of the Food Stamp Act of 1977 states, in part:  “Congress hereby finds that the limited food purchasing power of low-income households contributes to hunger and malnutrition among members of such households.  To alleviate such hunger and malnutrition, a Food Stamp Program is herein authorized which will permit low-income households to obtain a more nutritious diet through normal channels of trade by increasing food purchasing power to all eligible households who apply for participation.”

 

Glossary of Terms

 

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