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Learn more about SNAP Welfare and Employers’ Right to know if you are part of it.

"SNAP/EBT Food Stamp Benefits Accepted" is displayed on a screen inside a Family Dollar Stores Inc. store in Chicago, Ill., on March 3, 2020.

The number of people now relying on this welfare has significantly increased. SNAP, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is America’s most common welfare scheme and was previously known as food stamps. Beneficiaries of the said program, SNAP, receive monthly financial aid via an EBT card, also known as an Electronic Benefits Transfer card.

There is no shame in seeking welfare benefits such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance for Needy Families) or Jobseeker’s Allowance if you are unemployed or underemployed and need to apply for a job, but you may be concerned about your employment prospects (LW, 2023).

Your dependence on welfare schemes isn’t part of the public record, and no employer can access this information without your consent. Your credit report may give your prospective employer some insight into your financial status. However, the legislation prohibits credit-scoring companies from taking your receipt of welfare into account.

Employers may ask you on a job application if you were a recipient of this type of assistance. This isn’t a negative thing, though, and it’s actually good for the company as well. Additional federal and state help and support that focused on assisting a new recruit to adjust from welfare to employment could also be beneficial to employers.

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