The Spanish term “cupones de comida” roughly translates to “coupons of food” in English, or “food stamps.” The term refers to a voucher program that provides free food to low-income individuals and families.
The program, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is available to individuals or families who meet program requirements to help purchase food at grocery stores, convenience stores and some farmers markets.
An information and referral service called FoodSource Hotline can help individuals determine eligibility for food stamp benefits and other food service resources in the community. The service is free of charge, and the phone number, as of April 2015, is 800-645-8333. Hotline operators are bilingual and have interpreters available in more than 160 languages.