Is the Indiana Food stamps program good for the economy if so what has the impact on Indiana’s economy. All signs seem to be very positive resulting in millions of dollars being spent by Indiana residents that would otherwise have not been spent.
Indiana food stamps help by producing sales that otherwise would not be made. Then that money gets turned over a few times resulting in activity in the economy for example money gets spent that helps pay for store employees, the trucking to deliver the goods, and then the farmer or the food producer, which is what the economy needs at this time
Indiana Food Stamps are the perfect tool to stimulate the economy, because the money has to be spent locally and only on food allowing for a more controlled and manageable stimulus. Some experts believe that that is the best way to help jump start the economy.
The Agriculture Department estimates every dollar spent in Indiana food stamps results in $1.73.Many experts believe that the fastest way to infuse money into the economy is by increasing the Indiana food stamp program.
In order to qualify for Indiana food stamps you must meet certain guidelines which have to do with assets and income as well as the amount of people in your household.
This site is designed to provide you with information regarding Indiana food stamps. Indiana food stamps is a program that helps provide food for low income individuals and their family members. In order to receive Indiana food stamps an individual must fill out and submit an application form which will be reviewed to determine if you meet the criteria set for the food stamp program.
What is the Criteria?
In order to qualify for the food stamp program you must meet certain guidelines, these guidelines have to do with your income your assets and the size of your household.
Maximum gross and net monthly income limits
Household size Gross monthly income Net monthly income
1 $1127 $867
2 $1517 $1167
3 $1907 $1467
4 $2297 $1767
5 $2687 $2067
6 $3077 $2367
7 $3467 $2667
8 $3857 $2967
Each additional member+$390 +$300
Besides your income you must also be a legal US citizen or resident there are some exceptions regarding immigrants who have been in the US for at least five years and fall on their one of the following categories.
* lawful permanent resident of the United States under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), including Amerasian,
* refugee admitted under section 207 of the INA,
* granted asylum under section 208 of the INA,
* paroled under section 212(d)(5) of the INA for at least one year,
* deportation withheld under 243(h) or 241(b)(3) of the INA in effect prior to April 1,1997,
* granted conditional entry under 203(a)(7) in effect prior to 4/1/80,
* Cuban/Haitian entrant as defined in 501(e) of the Refugee Education Assistance Act of 1980, or
* immigrant, parent, or child of an immigrant who has been battered or subjected to extreme cruelty in the U.S. by a spouse, parent, or by a member of the spouse or parent’s family residing in the same EU as the immigrant at the time of the abuse. There must be a substantial connection between the battery or extreme cruelty and the need for food stamp benefits and the individual must not reside in the same household as the abuser. In order to qualify you also have to have assets no greater than the amount set, households with a disabled member or a member age 60 or older may have up to $3,000 worth of assets and still qualify for food stamps. Other households may have up to $2,000.Once you have reviewed the criteria and have made a decision that you believe that you qualify you are ready for the next step which is to fill out application.
The first step in completing an application for Indiana food stamps is to go online and download the application. This can be done online The application is pretty simple if you have gathered the information that I discussed above income, expenses, and social security numbers for everyone in your household. The individuals in your household that count as household members are
§ Children under 22 years old
§ Children, except foster children, under age 18 who are under the parental control of a person other than their parents who is exercising parental control. For example, grandparents may apply for grandchildren in their care, even if they do not have “legal” custody. The application should take you about 20 minutes. It is important that you fill out the application as fully as possible. Once you are done with your application you should return it to your local Food Stamp office.
What happens next?
Once your application is submitted it will be reviewed by a caseworker who will then determine if more information is required from you.You will get a letter in the mail stating what your caseworker has determined is needed if anything is needed. You also probably get a date for an appointment in the office or for a phone interview. It is important that you get the additional requested documents by that date of this appointment in order to make sure you are improved as quickly as possible. It is also very important that you keep your scheduled appointment, or having to reschedule will also set you back. Once you have attended your appointment and provide all the necessary information which may include income verifications such as pay stubs, expense proof such as rent receipts or mortgage payment receipts, also childcare receipts. After the appointment you will receive another letter stating that decision in your case. If you have been approved you will then get another letter that will include your plastic EBT card, the card will have to be activated which is done by telephone in order to be used. Once it is activated you will be able to make food purchases where ever the food stamps are accepted. The amount that you are approved for will be based on the size of your household and your income and expenses. The amount that you receive can be anywhere from $200-$1200.If you would like more information and free updates regarding the food stamp process just sign up on this site.
If you are struggling in these hard times and live in the state of Indiana you may be eligible for assistance. One important Indiana assistance program is called the Indiana Food Stamp program. The Indiana Food Stamp program is a program that is designed to help low income individuals purchase food for themselves and there families, in order to stay healthy.
How to Qualify
In order to qualify for Indiana Food Stamps you must meet certain criteria regarding your financial , you must not make more than the set amounts for the program, these limits are different and depend on how many dependants you have living with you.
Your assets also have to be below a certain level.
Filling an Application
Once you believe you qualify you should submit and application. The easiest way to get an application is to download the application from the Division of Family Resources Office
Once you have downloaded and filled the application you may return it to your local DFR office you may mail it or fax it as well.
Within a couple of weeks you should receive a letter in the mail with a response. In this letter you will be informed by a caseworker with more documents are proof is needed in order to approve your case. Sometimes these items include bank statements, rent receipts and proof from a doctor of pregnancy if you are claiming to be pregnant. Once you’ve submitted all the required information within a couple weeks you will get a notice stating the action of your case if it has been approved.
Once you get approved you will get a plastic card in the mail that is like a credit card you will have to activate it and then you will be able to make your food purchases were ever Indiana food stamps are accepted.