How to go about getting foodstamps
February 9, 2011 7:33 PM Subscribe
Asking for a friend: can you still get food stamps if you work under the table? Her bf no longer qualifies, but she still needs them.
posted by Betty_effn_White to Work & Money (25 answers total)
(letting her do this): I work as a nanny, and make about 700-900 a month. My live-in bf used to qualify for 175 a month in foodstamps, which was enough for both of us. His freelance writing career is starting to take off and he won't qualify for benefits anymore. I still need them, as we are financially independent of each other. These are our options right now:
A: He applies, and says that we share food and I want foodstamps too. I claim my full income or don't.
B: I apply independently, and get my own foodstamps. I have no way of proving my income though. I'm a little worried that the IRS or whatever will try to track me down through this.
C: I say he supports me and I apply by myself. I claim very little income. I probably won't do this because I don't want to lie, even though it seems somewhat acceptable to do.
D: Go to the foodstamps office and explain the situation. Hope we get someone nice.
Any help of which to pick and why would be very appreciated. I feel a little lost and everyone I know is telling me to do different things. Any personal experiences would be great too.
Please do not lecture me about the ethical implications of claiming benefits from a government I do not contribute to financially. I would rather pay taxes but I love my job and this is where my skillset is. The job market in our town is among the worst in the country and quitting is not an option. This is in Oregon.