Program Operations Manual System (POMS)
TN 46 (03-99)
SI 00835.150 Separate Purchase of Food
1. Separate Purchase of Food — General
Separate purchase of food exists when an individual (or at least one member of an eligible couple) physically shops for his/her own food or gives instructions and money to someone to buy the food for him/her. Any ISM received is subject to the PMV rule (SI 00835.300, SI 00835.320).
An individual is not subject to the VTR when he/she separately purchases food during a month because the individual does not receive both food and shelter from the household in which he/she resides.
2. Situations Where Separate Purchase of Food Exists
Separate purchase of food can exist when an individual shops for his/ her own food but does not use his/her own money. The money used to buy the food may constitute cash income (SI 00810.020).
Separate purchase of food can exist when the individual uses the same condiments or facilities (e.g., refrigerator, stove) as the rest of the household, or consumes meals at the same time as the rest of the household.
Separate purchase of food can exist when an eligible spouse or a person whose income may be deemed to the individual buys food on behalf of the individual, but not necessarily only for the individual.
Example: Child Gets Food Only from Parent
Donald Weston, an eligible child, lives with his mother, his brother, and his grandparents. His grandparents own the home and pay all of the shelter expenses for the household. Donald's mother, who works part time, buys all of the food for the household. Even though Donald does not separately purchase his own food with his own money, he is determined to be separately purchasing his own food because his mother (deemor) purchases all of his food. The VTR does not apply because Donald does not receive both food and shelter from the household. Development must be done to determine whether Donald receives ISM in the form of shelter.
3. Separate Purchase of Food in the Sequence of Living Arrangement Development
As a step in the sequence of household LA development, consider separate purchase of food when:
The individual lives in a household with at least one person who is not a spouse, a child (as defined in SI 00501.010), or person whose income is deemable to the individual, and
The individual, living-with spouse, or deemor does not have ownership interest (SI 00835.110) or rental liability (SI 00835.120), and
A public assistance household does not exist (SI 00835.130), and
The individual (or both members of an eligible couple) eats meals in the household during a month. If the individual alleges eating no meals in the household, see SI 00835.140,and
The individual or at least one member of an eligible couple alleges buying his/her food apart from the food of other household members.
B. Procedure — developing/documenting separate purchase
1. Developing/Documenting Separate Purchase — General
Obtain the individual's signed statement regarding separate purchase of food.
Verify the individual's allegation of separate purchase using:
a signed statement from a knowledgeable adult member of the household other than the individual's spouse; or
documentation of a contact with a knowledgeable adult member of the household other than the individual’s spouse on the MSSICS DROC screen.
NOTE: If the individual is the householder, the individual’s statement, signed or on DROC, is sufficient documentation.
If separate purchase of food is established, develop whether the individual gets ISM from within the household in the form of shelter (SI 00835.340).
2. Posteligibility Requirements
Verify separate purchase per SI 00835.150B.1. above only when:
The individual alleges separate purchase during a redetermination and the allegation cannot be confirmed by reference to MSSICS, to the SSR, or through review of a prior file, if available. The allegation of separate purchase is confirmed by the SSR if the LA code is “A” and the CG field shows “LA 71” (SM 01005.525C.); or
The individual changes residence and alleges separate purchase for the new residence; or
The individual alleges having begun to separately purchase in the same residence.
If separate purchase is established, develop whether the individual gets ISM from within the household in the form of shelter (SI 00835.340).