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Non-Citizen Communities

Non-Citizen Communities

Programs Supporting Eligible Non-Citizens
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SNAP helps families buy nutritious food with an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card, similar to a debit card. SNAP benefits can be used at authorized stores, farm stands, and farmer’s markets across the country. SNAP can help you and your family eat right when money is tight.

To be eligible, households must meet regular SNAP rules. Certain non-citizens must meet additional criteria. If a non-citizen is ineligible for SNAP, other members of their household, like citizen children, may still be eligible. Getting SNAP benefits does not make you or members of your household a public charge.

Please visit the links below to learn more about which non-citizens are eligible for SNAP, special rules for these non-citizens, how to apply, and additional resources.

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WIC helps low-income women, infants, and children up to the age of 5 by providing nutritious foods, information on healthy eating, and referrals to healthcare. WIC benefits are available to women during and after their pregnancy and include breastfeeding support. WIC food benefits can be used at authorized stores across the country. Some state agencies provide additional coupons that can be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers’ markets through the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP).

To be eligible for WIC, individuals must meet WIC requirements. Immigration status does not affect your eligibility to receive WIC benefits. Participating in the program does not affect your ability to become a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident as receipt of WIC benefits does not make you a public charge. Please visit the links below to learn more about to how to apply for WIC and find answers to frequently asked questions.

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School Meals Programs
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Nutritious food goes hand in hand with success in the classroom. The School Breakfast Program helps your kids start each school day with a good breakfast. Lunch through the National School Lunch Program gets your kids through a full day of learning. These school meals have plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and other healthy foods.

You do not need to be a citizen. Receiving meals does not make you a public charge. Free or low-cost meals are available at school for every child.

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Summer Meals Program
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Are you worried about feeding your kids during the summer when school is out? Summer meal programs provide good food to anyone age 18 or under. The meals meet USDA guidelines. They include milk, protein, fruits, vegetables, and grains. They give kids the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow. Meal sites are open when local public schools are closed for summer vacation.

The food is free for every child. You do not need to be a citizen. Receiving meals does not make you a public charge. There are usually no papers for parents to fill out. See if there is a summer meal site near you where your kids can eat for free. Call the National Hunger Hotline at 1‐866‐3‐HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE.

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Child and Adult Care Food Program
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How does CACFP keep the cost of day care more affordable for families? CACFP provides healthy meals for children, young people, and seniors in day care. The nutritious food gets them through a full day of activities. Cash payments through CACFP to day care centers and providers make these meals healthier and less expensive. And the benefits extend not only to young children and adults receiving day care. CACFP also provides healthy meals to older kids and young people in shelters and afterschool programs.

You do not have to be a citizen to participate. Receiving meals does not make you a public charge, nor does receiving CACFP payments. If you are a day care provider, ask your state agency about CACFP. 

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Additional Programs

There are more FNS programs that you may be eligible for:

Other support programs you may be eligible for outside of FNS:

Page updated: June 18, 2024