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CNMI Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP)

The Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP), also known as the Food Stamp Program, is administered under the auspices of the Department of Community & Cultural Affairs. The NAP was established on July 2, 1982 after the enactment of CNMI public laws, Public Law 1-28 and Public Law 2-14. The NAP was developed as a safety net to help safeguard the health and well-being amongst low-income residents of the Commonwealth. The rules governing the NAP are inscribed in the Memorandum of Understanding negotiated annually between the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Food and Nutrition Service and CNMI Government.

The purpose of the NAP is to assist low-income residents and families buy the food they need for good health.

Hours:

Monday-Friday: 7:30am - 4:30pm

Eligibility:

U.S. Citizen
•U.S. National
• An alien granted asylum under the Immigration & Nationality Act
• Lawfully admitted permanent residents (green card holders)
• A refugee who is admitted to the United States
• Certain aliens whose deportation is being withheld

Document:

1. Copy of Birth Certificate or Passport for every member of the Household
2. Copy of Valid Photo Identification (ID) for every member of the Household
3. Copy of Social Security Card(s) for every member of the Household
4. Copy of Three (3) Most Current Check-Stubs of all Income of Household Members
5. Copy of Bank Statements for every member of the Household
6. Affidavit of Basic Needs / Child Support (if applicable)
7. Copy of Legal Guardianship or Power of Attorney (if applicable)
8. Copy of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) (if applicable)
9. Copy of Veteran’s-SSA Benefit Letter/Statement (if applicable)

Fees:

NONE

Services:

The NAP provides food stamp benefit coupons as a supplement to low-income or no income households to purchase food for a healthy diet.

Other Services:

1. Promotes Healthy Lifestyle:  encouraging nutrition education tips on its monthly newsletter; collaborates with other government agencies and private sectors in its advocacy efforts to promote preparation of healthy meals and diets and outreach services to promote healthier CNMI community.
2. NAP works with the Employment Services Office at the Department of Labor to register abled-bodied recipients engage in employment search.  
3. NAP authorizes and regulates retailers to ensure there is enough food security for recipients to purchase the food and eligible items they need. 

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