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How To Get A Free Tablet With Food Stamps

Written by: Jody Adams
Last updated: January 31, 2024

With the rapid evolution of technology over the last few decades, computing devices have come a long way from early computers. In this modern connected world, a tablet is one of the best means to stay connected, especially for students. Tablets are very compact and portable and provide great convenience.

Affordable Or Free Tablets for Low-Income Families

Affordable Or Free Tablets for Low-Income Families

Tablets are top-rated these days since they offer similar convenience and functions as smartphones but come with larger screen sizes that make streaming and video calling a more immersive experience. People can now stay connected with friends and family despite great geographical distances. 

You can use tablets to attend online meetings and lectures and watch informational/educational videos. Low-income people can benefit from affordable or free tablets if they cannot afford a laptop or a PC. With tablets, they get access to online information, education, and job opportunities.

Online businesses and remote work are at an all-time high in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses and employees now prefer the work-from-home model as it is cost-effective and provides a greater work-life balance. Tablets help professionals stay connected when on the move or in the field. If you are a student or come from a low-income household, read on to learn more about getting a free tablet with food stamps.

With the onset of winter, many families struggle to find affordable heating solutions. If you or someone you know faces a similar situation, check out our article about free water heaters for low-income families.

What To Know About Computer Technology Assistance Corps

The Computer Technology Assistance Corps is a volunteer-backed non-profit group that provides affordable, low-cost desktops, laptops, and tablets to schools, low-income individuals and students. As a part of their mission, they find and procure old computers and tablets from organizations seeking to replace or upgrade their existing inventory.

They then refurbish these machines and gadgets to make them fully functional and usable. They also provide training on refurbishing computers for aspiring technicians. 

CTAC works in close coordination with community organizations, social service entities, charities, and churches, to identify deserving individuals and households and to receive donated PCs, laptops, and tablets. Financial assistance programs such as SNAP (formerly food stamps), TANFMedicareWIC, and Medicaid can automatically qualify recipients based on their low income and poverty level.

How Do I Claim A Free Tablet With Food Stamps (EBT Card)?

How Do I Claim A Free Tablet With Food Stamps (EBT Card)?

The government knows people need to stay connected in this digital age. Connectivity provides people with the means to keep in touch with their loved ones, be up-to-date with the information that is relevant to them, and be more productive. 

A tablet with an Internet connection is an effective and reliable tool if you are a professional who needs to conduct meetings, respond to emails, and prepare reports while on the go or if you are a student studying remotely due to geographical restrictions, working on class assignments, or getting online coaching from a private tutor in another country.

Aside from becoming eligible for a free tablet because they have an EBT Card, Food Stamps recipients also have the opportunity to get a tablet from the government-sponsored Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program. EBB provides low-income people with the chance to get one-time cash assistance of $100 on the purchase of a tablet, but there is a small catch. 

The beneficiaries of the EBB's $100 cash assistance must contribute an amount of $10-$50 from their pocket to purchase the tablet. This program's top priority is given to students from low-income families who face issues accessing online classes and educational materials.

What Are The Documents Required To Get Free Tablets?

There are specific requirements that low-income individuals and households must meet to be eligible to get a free tablet. Please understand that not all low-income individuals on food stamps will be able to get a free tablet due to the limited number of devices available for distribution on a first come, first serve basis and the neediest people receiving them first and the least broke getting them last.  

The following are the requirements you need to fulfill and the applicable documents you should present when applying for a free tablet.

  • Identity Proof: Documents such as a passport, green card, driver's license, or naturalization certificate that prove your identity and have verifiable information about your name, date of birth, and address.
  • Income Proof: Current income statement, pay stubs, or salary slips. Your individual or household annual income should be under 200% of the Federal Poverty Level
  • Tax Returns: Last year's federal or tribal tax returns.
  • Retirement Proof: Proof of retirement such as a retirement certificate or pension benefits statement.
  • Proof Of Assistance: This document may be a letter, notice, or certificate of participation in government assistance programs such as SNAP (food stamps), TANF, Medicaid, WIC, Medicare, or free/discounted lunch.
  • Social Security benefits statement.
  • VA benefits letter.
  • Proof of Pell Grant participation by any member of the household.

Non-Profit Organizations and Private Companies Offering Free or Low-Cost Tablets to Those in Need

Several non-profit organizations and private companies work to provide free or low-cost tablets to individuals and families in need. Organizations like PCs for People and EveryoneOn offer low-cost or refurbished tablets and computers to eligible low-income households. These organizations often partner with schools, libraries, and community centers to expand their reach and make technology more accessible.

Private companies such as Comcast and AT&T also offer affordable internet and device packages through their respective initiatives, Internet Essentials and Access from AT&T. These programs aim to bridge the digital divide by offering discounted internet service and low-cost devices to qualifying households. While the eligibility criteria and application processes may vary among these organizations and companies, their common goal is to ensure that technology is accessible and affordable for those who need it most.

Frequently Asked Questions 

When it comes to free tablets, specific questions come to the minds of low-income individuals and families. The following are a few frequently asked questions we often hear people asking.

1. Why is internet access important?

The internet is a global source of information for students and professionals alike. It provides opportunities for jobs, online shopping, and learning. Internet access is crucial because it connects people with their families, allows students access to educational materials and videos, and provides professionals with the connectivity they need to function more effectively.

2. Do the free tablet programs have any requirements for eligibility?

Free tablet programs have strict eligibility requirements. The applicants must be low-income individuals (under 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines) qualified for and participate in government assistance programs such as SNAP, TANF, and WIC. Applicants must also prove their identity by providing official documentation. These requirements ensure that only deserving candidates get top priority when getting free tablets. 

3. How can I get a free tablet?

Suppose you are a low-income individual or belong to a low-income household having an annual income of less than 200% of the federal poverty level. In that case, you may be eligible to apply for a free tablet. The government provides free or discounted tablets to those who qualify to bridge the digital divide.

You can use a free tablet under the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program, which is now known as the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) or applies for a free tablet from private entities such as the Computer Technology Assistance Corps.

Now that you know how to apply for a free tablet, you need to find the right program for you and apply for a free laptop. Make sure you fulfill the respective program's eligibility criteria. Otherwise, your application might be rejected. 

4. How can I find a program that offers free tablets for low-income households in my area?

Search online for local non-profit organizations or charities that offer free or low-cost electronic devices. Additionally, you can contact social service agencies or community centers for information on available resources.

5. Can my SNAP benefits be used to purchase a tablet or electronic device?

No, SNAP benefits are meant to be used for purchasing food items only and cannot be used to buy electronic devices, including tablets.

Tablets are not the only device you can get with food stamps. Check out our article on how to get a free laptop with food stamps.

Since your EBT card indicates your financial situation, you should take full advantage of this fact. If you are interested in learning more about different grants and programs that can help you with your living situation, read our article on how to enroll in the Xfinity ACP program

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Jody Adams
Jody Adams is an accomplished editor-in-chief with a deep understanding of social care and government benefits issues. With a background in journalism and a master's degree in Public Policy, Jody has spent her career shaping the narrative around social policies and their impact on society. She has worked with renowned publications, effectively bridging the gap between complex policy analysis and public understanding. Jody's editorial expertise ensures that vital information on social care and government benefits reaches a broad audience, empowering individuals to make informed decisions.
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