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Social Security Has a Basket of Useful Offerings

June 2, 2017 • By

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Last Updated: November 3, 2023

people enjoying a meal outsideWho doesn’t love sharing a summer picnic with friends and family? Whether you plan one for everyone on your block or a quiet afternoon for two, you’ll need to bring a basket full of delectable goodies. When you’re sharing dishes with loved ones, whether you’re at home or away, you’ll be sure to make everyone happy with a variety of treats.

In the service of securing today and tomorrow, Social Security has a full picnic basket of services. Our table is ready to serve millions of Americans online, by phone, and in person in our network of field offices. It’s easy to pick the method that’s best for you from the comfort of your home or on the go.

The quality service you expect from us is easy, secure, and convenient to access when you go online. Signing up for a personal my Social Security account will give you a secure and efficient way to interact with us and accomplish various tasks, including estimating your future benefits or managing your current benefits. You can sign up for your own account and join the more than 25 million Americans who already conduct business with us online using my Social Security.

Another way you can contact us is toll-free at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). Of course, you can also use the Social Security Office Locator to find your local field office, where you can speak with a Social Security employee face-to-face.

What true summer picnic is complete without ice cream? When it comes to great flavors, there’s vanilla, mint, chocolate chip, rocky road … who can choose just one? Likewise, Social Security offers all the different types of benefits you’ll need at any stage of your life.

Social Security has retirement benefits and the tools to help you plan for your retirement and apply for benefits online. But that’s not all. We also provide disability benefits to individuals with medical conditions that prevent them from working. If the disabled individual has dependent family members, they can also receive payments. There are also survivors benefits for widows, widowers, and deceased workers’ dependent children. When you create your personal my Social Security account, you can view your Social Security Statement to see estimates of the future retirement, disability, and survivors benefits you and your family may be eligible to receive.

It’s a great day for a picnic! Social Security is opening up its picnic basket to share our great services and benefits, and you’re invited! Visit our website today, and we’ll save you a place.

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Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications

Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications


  1. Cindi G.

    How can I get a job working at the Social Security Office?

  2. Sandra M.

    At any point will my student loan be fore given once I reach age 66? I am 63 now and have been paying my student loan since 2008 and interest only years before that. I Did not get a degree.

  3. Robert H.

    How can look up with a name and a social security number if that individual is dead or alive?

    • R.F.

      Hello Robert. The National Technical Information Service distributes the Death Master File online. It contains more than 85 million records of deaths reported to Social Security from 1936 to the present. We hope this helps!

  4. Amanda D.

    You make a good point that social security will give you different benefits at different parts of your life. It would probably be really helpful especially if you have a disability. You’ll just need to find the right place to get social security disability insurance from.

  5. Bernadette B.

    I want to change my federal tax withholding amount effective immediately thank you

  6. Carey B.

  7. Elsa A.

    It’s great to know that we could potentially get and know more about social security in the comforts of our own home as you have suggested. That will be quite a convenience if we ever would need one. Honestly, I might give some websites a shot and try to research what offers we could manage to get with social security. Thanks!

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