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ISSUE DATE: 12/2014

MFIP is composed of both federal block grant money AND state money. This combination of funding allows the program to include populations that could not be covered by a program funded only with federal dollars. Identification of immigration status will determine eligibility and funding source. For information on how to verify citizenship and immigration status, see 0010.18.12 (Verifying Lawful Temporary Residence), 0010.18.15 (Verifying Lawful Permanent Residence), 0010.18.15.03 (Lawful Permanent Resident: USCIS Class Codes), 0010.18.21 (Identify Non-Immigrant or Undocumented People), 0010.18.21.03 (Non-Immigrant People: USCIS Class Codes), 0010.18.24 (Verification - I-94 Cards), 0010.18.27 (Verification - I-551 Card).


The following qualified non-citizens, see QUALIFIED NON-CITIZEN in 0002.53 (Glossary: Qualified...) may be eligible for federal funding if they meet all other MFIP eligibility criteria:

Veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States with an honorable discharge for reasons other than non-citizen status, and their spouses and unmarried minor dependent children.

People on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States (other than active duty for training), and their spouses and unmarried minor dependent children.

Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) who have accumulated 40 Social Security credits. Do NOT allow credit for any quarters after 12-31-96 in which LPRs also receive assistance from a federal means tested program. See FEDERAL MEANS TESTED PROGRAM in 0002.23 (Glossary: Fair Hearing...), 0010.18.15.06 (Verifying Social Security Credits), 0011.03.12 (Non-Citizens - Lawful Permanent Residents).

A person lawfully residing in the United States for 5 years or more.

A person lawfully residing in the United States who is receiving payments or assistance for blindness or disability. See 0010.18.06 (Verifying Disability/Incapacity - SNAP), 0011.03.24 (Non-Citizens - Lawfully Residing People).

A person lawfully residing in the United States on 8-22-96 who was 65 years of age or older at that time.

A child lawfully residing in the United States who is currently under 18 years of age.

American Indians born in Canada who have at least 50% Indian blood. See 0011.03.03 (Non-Citizens - MFIP/DWP Cash).

Other non-citizen American Indian applicants who are members of a tribe whose members are eligible for programs provided by the United States due to their tribal membership. This includes tribal members who were born in Canada or Mexico who are entitled to freely cross the United States borders into Canada or Mexico.

A person who is lawfully residing in the United States and was a member of a Hmong or Highland Laotian tribe at the time the tribe rendered assistance to United States personnel by taking part in a military or rescue operation during the Vietnam era (8-5-64 and ending 5-7-75). The spouse or the surviving spouse who has not remarried, and unmarried minor children of such person may also be eligible. A person born after 5-7-75 is ineligible unless that person is a spouse, unremarried spouse, or minor child of an eligible tribal member. The spouse or unremarried surviving spouse must not be divorced from the eligible tribal member.

People classified as refugees.

People classified as Iraqi or Afghan Special Immigrants. See 0011.03.18 (Non-Citizens – People Fleeing Persecution).

People granted asylum.

People whose deportation was withheld.

Current LPRs who were previously refugees, asylees, or had deportation withheld can maintain their eligibility based on their previous status.

Cuban/Haitian entrants.

Amerasians. Eligibility under this criteria is limited ONLY to Amerasians from Vietnam. Amerasians from other countries are NOT eligible under this provision. They must meet other non-citizenship requirements.


Lawfully residing non-citizens who are not eligible for the federally-funded food portion of MFIP are eligible for the state-funded food portion of MFIP if they meet all other MFIP eligibility criteria. See 0029.07.03 (State Food Programs).


No provisions.


See 0010.18.06 (Verifying Disability/Incapacity - SNAP). Also see 0011.03.09 (Non-Citizens - SNAP/MSA/GA/GRH) for non-citizens who are eligible for SNAP.

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