President Donald Trump's administration has proposed to tighten eligibility standards for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP or food stamps. The proposed rule change would no longer allow states to exceed federal income and asset thresholds by providing food stamp applicants a brochure or some other minimal noncash benefit paid for with funds from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.
About four-fifths of all states use a form of "broad-based categorical eligibility" to exceed federal asset or income eligibility limits. Mississippi had done so until a change in state law took effect July 1. Here's a look at state eligibility policies for food stamps, according to information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture:
EXCEEDS FEDERAL INCOME OR ASSET LIMITS
District of Columbia
FOLLOWS FEDERAL INCOME AND ASSET LIMITS