Receipts of low income benefits like Food Stamps and WIC and Unemployment benefits want to find out if they qualify for other benefits, like the free government phone for low income people.  The idea is not far fetched since in most cases, people who get food stamps also qualify for other federal programs, like the SNAP eligibility that also places most families for the WIC program. That is because the federal guidelines for most of these program are based on the federal poverty level guidelines.

The idea goes that people who need food assistance are likely to also need assistance in other areas, like affordable phone system for their household. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) which runs the free phone program, which is called the Lifeline Phone program has set up a criteria that is based on household income.  Each household that qualifies can have one Lifeline phone and since 2005 can choose between either a lifeline phone or a discount towards cell phone service. According to the a lifeline phone program website, the program is available “to those who have income levels at or below 135% of the federal Poverty Guidelines”.

So, now you know what it takes to qualify for this program. If you are getting food stamps, chances are you will also be able to apply for the free phone for low income families and if you have been able to go through the eligibility guidelines for SNAP or WIC benefits, you should have no program getting a subsidized phone program through the federal government.