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Stop, Look & Listen: Railroad Retirement Benefits Q&A

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Food Stamps and Railroad Retirement Benefits

(Posted April 11, 2009)

Question 700: Can I apply for food stamps if I am collecting a railroad pension?

Answer: The Food Stamp Program is a federal assistance program that provides food to low income people living in the United States. Benefits are distributed by the individual states, but the program is administered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

You can participate in The Food Stamp Program while you receive Railroad Retirement benefits but the amount of your payments from Railroad Retirement will be considered in determining your eligibility for Food Stamps.

You should contact your State welfare agency for more information on the Food Stamp program.

Author's Note--

This marks another important milestone in this Q&A column.

For more than 11 years I have been fielding hundreds of questions about the Railroad Retirement System. Railroad Retirement has been widely acknowledged to be one of the most complex retirement systems in the world.

I have tried to keep my answers as short & simple as I can which in many instances, is in itself a real challenge! I want to thank my many loyal readers who continue to support this column by asking challenging questions. I also am deeply grateful to Dave Baker of the BenefitLink.com Web site who provides me with the opportunity to conduct this column.

When I need to call on other experts to help find the answers, I have been blessed to develop an outstanding network of resources including the following experts:John Baer, a retired senior official of the Railroad Retirement Board

  • Mary Jane Arrington, a former Congressional staff member who writes an Internet column on Social Security & Medicare
  • and Joe McGett, a retired official in the rail industry.


  • Important notice:

    Answers are provided as general guidance on the subjects covered in the question and are not provided as legal advice to the questioner or to readers. Any legal issues should be reviewed by your legal counsel to apply the law to the particular facts of this and similar situations.

    The law in this area changes frequently. Answers are believed to be correct as of the posting dates shown. The completeness or accuracy of a particular answer may be affected by changes in the law (statutes, regulations, rulings, court decisions, etc.) that occur after the date on which a particular Q&A is posted.


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