Food Stamp Program Law and Legal Definition

The Food Stamp Program is a U.S. federal program that provides assistance to low income and no-income households living in the U.S. This program is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. However, the benefits of the program are distributed by the individual states.

On October 1, 2008, the name of the food stamp program was changed to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The name change was mandated by the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008. The new name reflects the focus on nutrition and putting healthy food within reach for low income households. The SNAP focuses on nutrition and has increased the benefit amounts.