Food assistance services under the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is available for all needy families in the United States. By federal regulation, SNAP benefits are available without discrimination to any eligible household that applies and fits the program's requirements.
SNAP is a program created by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, made automatically available to any household with low income or additional need due to some other factor such as disabled or elderly family members. States or cities may have difference names or programs for disbursal of SNAP benefits. For example, in Summit County, Ohio, nutrition assistance fits into the county's Food Assistance Program that gives recipient families assistance with their benefits and a method of using their benefits in stores.