Programs that distribute gift cards that are redeemable for goods or services to people who need financial assistance. Included are gift cards that can be redeemed at specific retail stores, grocery stores, restaurants and gas stations as well as prepaid phone cards and debit cards issued by banks. Most of the gift cards distributed in this manner have been donated.
Programs that provide cash, vouchers or other forms of monetary aid for people in need of assistance and evaluate the individual's or family's need for the money on a case-by-case basis rather than having pre-established policies regarding the types of needs the dollars can be used to cover.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.