The US is facing financial pressure from all sides. Raising children without resources such as paid maternity leave, universal healthcare, and preschool can quickly become a financial burden for one parent.
The U.S. News & World Report estimates that the cost of raising a child in 2021, adjusted for inflation, is $267,233. This figure is based upon information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Add decades of wage stagnation, and it is no surprise that single parents require financial assistance for emergency and daily living expenses. This list of financial resources for single parents should help you to find financial support.
Single parents: Government resources
- Special Supplemental Nutrition Program (WIC), for Women, Infants and Children
The USDA runs this nutrition program. Low-income mothers and their children are not eligible. A mother must be pregnant, breastfeeding, or postpartum. Children can be suitable until age 5.
- National School Lunch Program
Children can receive reduced-cost meals through this program. The applications are given to each child at the start of each school year. Parents can also apply at any time.
- Program for Summer Food Service
Summer Food Service ensures that children of low income continue to eat healthy meals even when school is closed. In 2019, more than 141,000,000 meals were served to children aged 18 and under at approved SFSP locations.
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
SNAP delivers benefits via a debit card system. Participants receive a SNAP card used at grocery stores and other retailers that accept SNAP to purchase healthy food.
- The Emergency Food Assistance Program
The Emergency Food Assistance Program provides food assistance to low-income families, single parents, and individuals. A family’s income must not exceed the USDA’s federal guidelines to be eligible. Single parents can benefit greatly from this program.