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What are food stamps?
Food stamps are a welfare benefit provided by the Department of Social Protection (DSPS) to help those on low incomes or those who are unemployed.
There are two main types of food stamps: food assistance, which covers all basic food items, and emergency assistance, such as food, clothing and fuel.
The amount of a person’s food stamp payment depends on how much income they earn.
For example, if you are on €30,000 a year, your €300 food assistance payment will be €2,500.
If your income is €60,000, your payments will be increased to €2.50 a day, which means you’ll get €8 a day.
If, on the other hand, you earn less than €30 a day you may receive €100, which will be equivalent to the €30 you earned in the first three months.
You can receive food assistance as a lump sum, a monthly payment, or as a direct payment.
The exact amount you can receive depends on your circumstances, as well as your income.
The first food stamp benefit that came into effect in the Republic of Ireland was introduced in April 2019, and will be extended until October 2021.
For more information about the food stamp system, and the benefits you can claim, see: How do I get a free food stamps benefit?
If you’re looking to buy or borrow food stamps, you may be eligible for a credit card or debit card payment.
You will need to be able to prove your identity and have enough money to cover the cost of the benefit you are entitled to.
For information about how to find out how much you can borrow and what kind of payment you will need, see How to borrow a credit or debit.
To apply for food assistance or emergency aid you will have to meet certain conditions, including: having to have lived in the area for more than a year and had a job; and, not having a criminal record or a history of crime.
How do food stamps work?
Food assistance is paid to people who have no other income and who have been unemployed for less than two weeks.
Emergency aid is paid for people who are still working and not claiming any of the above benefits, or for people working part-time or not at all.
It is calculated according to your income, your age, your occupation, your job, and any previous benefits you have received.
To find out more about the different types of benefits you may have access to, you can read our article on how to get free food, and check out the Irish Food and Farming article on what you need to know about the welfare of the country’s food industry.
You’ll also need to pay the full amount of your benefit within seven days of getting it.
This is because you may need to go back and apply for a new card if you haven’t received your first payment within that time.
The government does not charge any tax on the benefits paid.
The full amount will be shown on your income tax return, or on a payment form you can fill in.
How long do I have to pay for food stamps if I am unemployed?
You can get food assistance for the first time if you have been employed for at least seven days and you meet certain requirements.
To do this, you will: go to your local Jobcentre Plus or Jobcentrópaca, and complete a Job Application form that shows your name, date of birth, employment status and details of your income and job.
This forms is called the ‘Job Application’ or ‘Employment Application’.
If you don’t know your name or employment status, you’ll need to complete a form called the Employer Information Form (EIF) and send it in with your application.
You should have your Job Application and Job Application forms ready when you get to Jobcentres.
Your payment will then be made within seven working days.
If this is your first time applying, your application should be sent to Job Centres and the application should not be processed for another week.
If the first application was processed within one week, your payment will not be delayed further.
If it is your second time applying you may still have to wait for a payment for a period of up to two weeks, depending on the circumstances of the first one.
If there are problems with your Job Applications, you must go to Job Centre A (the Job Centre closest to your home) and check whether there are any problems.
If no problems are found, your Job Payment will be made.
You need to return the Job Application, Job Application Forms, and Job