Food stamps (renamed the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP) are used to buy food and help low-income households in the United States obtain more nutritious diets by increasing the food purchasing power at grocery stores and supermarkets for all eligible participants. Applicants must fill out an application form at the County Assistance Office or online and provide proof of identity, income, and expenses. Benefits are provided on an electronic card, called an EBT card, that is used like an ATM card and accepted at most grocery stores. Food stamps/SNAP are a much more stable and beneficial source of food than emergency food assistance, yet research has show that per-person food stamp allotments do not cover the cost of a healthy diet in America (see “Coming Up Short: high food costs outstrip food stamp benefits”). From an economic standpoint, food stamps have been shown to be the fastest way to stimulate the economy: $1 in food stamp allotment generates $1.73 in consumer spending (see this recent article in CNN).