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Old 09-29-2009, 09:05 PM
 
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Wondering if anyone here could give me some info on getting food stamps. I am an Americorp (peace corp, but domestic).

I currently am having to live at home with my parents, I am trying to figure out if this will disqualify me for the stamps. They don't give me any money and I pay my own bills but without living at home I would be on the street, literally.

Does anyone have experience with food stamps? That could give me info on this and/or general info.
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Old 09-29-2009, 10:05 PM
 
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Here's the info you were looking for.

NC DSS: Food and Nutrition Services
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Old 09-30-2009, 07:03 AM
 
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Old 09-30-2009, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Charlotte
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EBT cards, similar to a debit card, have replaced paper food stamp.
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Old 09-30-2009, 08:51 AM
 
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Wondering if anyone here could give me some info on getting food stamps. I am an Americorp (peace corp, but domestic).

I currently am having to live at home with my parents, I am trying to figure out if this will disqualify me for the stamps. They don't give me any money and I pay my own bills but without living at home I would be on the street, literally.

Does anyone have experience with food stamps? That could give me info on this and/or general info.
Call Mecklenburg Family Services
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Old 09-30-2009, 09:02 AM
 
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Out of curiosity, why does Americorps not even put you on a subsistence wage? It doesn't make sense to me that you wouldn't have enough money to buy food, and therefore have to access a gov't service intended for people who have no other means. I have many friends who worked for Peace Corps, and while their salary was definitely subsistence, they had enough to live on.
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Old 09-30-2009, 09:16 AM
 
Location: East Lansing, MI
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I was thinking the same thing, melbern. I would expect any organization like the Peace Corps to at least provide food and shelter, if not outright pay.
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Old 09-30-2009, 09:29 AM
 
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I know that typically peace corps provides housing and insurance, and then gives a small amount of cash to cover food and basic necessities. More like a stipend than a wage I guess, but enough to cover costs. I don't know how they get anyone to do Americorps if you can't even afford food...
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Old 09-30-2009, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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From the Americorps site:

"Some AmeriCorps members may also receive a modest living allowance during their term of service."

So, wow, it doesn't sound like it's standard to give pay or a stipend.

But, wait, this is from their FAQ: "For all AmeriCorps programs, members receive a modest living allowance, and some programs provide housing. You may not save much money during your year of service, but most members find the living allowance to be adequate to cover their needs. AmeriCorps members who complete a term of service also receive an AmeriCorps Education Award."

You can qualify for food stamps, they'll consider your parents to be a separate household.
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Old 09-30-2009, 10:58 PM
 
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Out of curiosity, why does Americorps not even put you on a subsistence wage? It doesn't make sense to me that you wouldn't have enough money to buy food, and therefore have to access a gov't service intended for people who have no other means. I have many friends who worked for Peace Corps, and while their salary was definitely subsistence, they had enough to live on.

Standard Americorp people are paid below minimum wage (they have a special exception for americrop) If you are Vista (which I am) you are paid even less than Standard Americorp people AND am also not allow to hold any other second job or source of income. With the income I make I am classified by every government agency as "living in poverty" and I am still taxed on it all. It is assumed that you should consider food stamps as part of your pay.

There is some variation in pay from job site to job site or city to city. Some non-profits also give some extra money (or living/housing stipend), mine is small doesn't have such resources and rather their money goes to fighting poverty directly. They do not provide housing and only catastrophic health insurance.

The idea is that you cannot understand poverty without living it, while financially it is very hard I am grateful to have a job at all and I am able to make a huge impact.

I have read DSS website but its only really basic stuff...


So i guess my question is should I move so I am sleeping on someone's couch or stay with the parents that have financial resources (but don't give any) so that I will qualify for food stamps? will saying I am at my parents place hurt me (disqualification or less money from food stamps)?

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