Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Manual – Table of Contents

1135.005.05 Delivered Meal Service

IM-#93 September 16, 2004,  IM-#53 March 23, 2000

EUs may use food stamp benefits to purchase meals prepared for and delivered to them by a non-profit meal delivery service authorized by FNS.

An individual may be approved to purchase meals from a non-profit meal delivery service if the individual is 60 years of age or older, or the individual is housebound, physically handicapped, or otherwise disabled to the extent that the individual is unable to adequately prepare all meals. The spouse may also purchase meals from a non-profit meal delivery service regardless of age or disability.

In determining eligibility for delivered meal service, complete an investigation as with any other application.

Receipt of disability payments qualifying the individual for elderly/disabled status verifies a participant’s disability. If the payments are not received and the disability is obvious, record how the decision was made. If the disability is not obvious, obtain a doctor’s statement to show the claimant cannot adequately prepare meals.