Entertainment Love and Romance Federal Programs for Single Mothers Find Federally-Funded Programs That Support Single Mothers & Their Children Share PINTEREST Email Print Love and Romance Divorce Relationships Sexuality Teens LGBTQ Friendship By Jennifer Wolf Communications Director Seattle Pacific University Jennifer Wolf is a PCI Certified Parent Coach and a strong advocate for single moms and dads. our editorial process Twitter Twitter LinkedIn LinkedIn Jennifer Wolf Updated March 05, 2017 When you need help, it can be difficult to find reputable, legitimate programs for single mothers. While they may seen scarce, they do—in fact—exist. Here are 5 federally funded programs for single mothers in need: 01 of 05 Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Photo © Westend61/Getty Images Women, Infants, and Children is a supplemental nutrition program administered by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Eligibility for this federal program for single mothers is limited to low-income woman and/or their children. To qualify, moms must be pregnant, postpartum, or breastfeeding; children are eligible up to age 5. Applicants must also meet income eligibility guidelines and be at-risk for poor nutrition. 02 of 05 Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is known as the 'new welfare.' It is a federally funded grant program that allows states to create and administer their own assistance programs for families in need, including low-income single moms. A key distinction between TANF and the old 'welfare' system in that recipients must participate in work activities in order to receive benefits. These activities include: Full or part-time employmentOn-the-job trainingActive job searching (qualification is limited to no more than 4 weeks in a row or 6 weeks total)Work experienceParticipation in a community service programVocational education training (limited to 12 months)Providing childcare for another TANF recipient engaged in community serviceJob skills training and/or education related to your employmentSecondary schooling or participation in a GED program To learn more about TANF and how to enroll, read What is TANF and How Can it Help Me? 03 of 05 Federal Housing Programs for Single Mothers The federal government offers several housing programs to assist low-income single moms, including subsidized housing through HUD—the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development—and Section 8 Housing Vouchers. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and meet qualification guidelines. To learn more, read 4 Government-Funded Housing Assistance Programs for Single Mothers. 04 of 05 Supplemental Assistance for Needy Persons (SNAP Benefits) The program known as 'SNAP' stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. This debit-card based benefit replaces what used to be known as food stamps. Participants enrolled in the program receive a SNAP EBT card, which can be used to shop at grocery stores that accept SNAP payments. More discreet than food stamps, SNAP allows single moms in need to purchase items such as bread, fruit and vegetables, meats/poultry/fish, dairy products, and cereals. To learn more, read How Can SNAP Help Me Buy Groceries? 05 of 05 The National School Lunch Program The National School Lunch Program provides free and reduce-cost lunches and breakfasts to children in need. While applications are typically handed out to every child at the beginning of the school year, parents in need can apply at any point in the year. To learn more, read How to Apply for the National School Lunch Program.