Question: Is Food Stamps considered Welfare?
No, Food Stamps, also called SNAP, is a nutrition assistance program. It helps low income people buy nutritious food. It is not welfare. Some people consider Food Stamps, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Housing Assistance to be welfare.
But historically, welfare is defined as people receiving public assistance also called TANF, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families. The TANF welfare system is limited to a maximum of 60 months during the recipient’s lifetime, and has a requirement that while receiving assistance the recipient must be actively seeking new employment. With TANF, receipts are allowed to spend the money on whatever they choose including clothing and toys.