Food Stamps

1105.015.04.15 Mandatory Eligibility Unit Groups

IM-#54, August 10, 2018IM-#24, February 15, 2017IM-#11 March 18, 2014IM-#56 June 11, 2013

  • EU members who must be in one Food Stamp EU regardless of whether they purchase and prepare food together:
    • Spouses.
    • Children 21 years of age or younger, up to the month they turn 22, living with his or her natural or adoptive parent(s) or step-parent(s);

      NOTE: An adopted child in a household, that also includes the natural parent, would be mandatory member with the adoptive parent(s), not the natural parent as they have given up parental rights and the relationship has been severed.

      However, legal guardianship does not sever the natural parent’s parental rights or relationship to the child. A household containing legal guardian(s) and a natural parent of a child, would all be mandatory EU members.

    • Children, except foster children, under 18 years old who are under the parental control of a person other than their parent (the inclusion of foster children as EU members is optional). A child is considered under parental control if s/he is financially or otherwise dependent on a member of the EU;
    • Boarders paying less than a reasonable monthly payment. Refer to Non-EU Members for a further definition of a boarder.

      NOTE: Boarders are ineligible for Food Stamps separate and apart from the EU in which they reside. The EU in which the boarder resides (including the EU of the proprietor of a boarding house) may be eligible, if the EU meets all program eligibility requirements.

    • Individuals who eat more than 50% of their meals at the residence with the EU despite the living arrangement.

      NOTE:  If the EU composition is questionable, determine if the individual is in the EU for more than 50 percent of his/her meals. Meal computation is based on three meals per day. If a person is in the EU for any one day, consider the person to have had three meals.

    • If an individual’s job requires they are out of the home (such as but not limited to; over the road truck drivers) for any part of the month and are otherwise a mandatory EU member, they must be included in the eligibility unit.  The individual’s income is counted in full when determining eligibility and benefit amount.

      EXAMPLE: A truck driver resides with his wife and children however; he works over the road and returns home only one weekend per month.  He cannot establish residency anywhere else as he works from his truck, he is mandatory in the eligibility unit.  His income and needs are considered when determining benefits

      If the individual has established residency other than with the assistance group, income given to the assistance group is considered contributions (CO).