Applying For SNAP

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What is SNAP/EBT?

SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits are a monthly benefit ranging from $16 - $1,000+ per month, depending on your household size & income. You’ll receive those benefits on an EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card, which you can use just like a debit card at any grocery store. That money can be used for grocery items.

How do I apply?

You can apply online on your own, but we’re here if you need a little guidance. We’ll walk through your situation and connect you with another organization who will complete the application over the phone with you. After the initial application, you’ll submit some supporting documents like ID and proof of expenses & income by mail, fax, or the mobile app. Most cases receive a decision in one week, and if approved, receive a loaded EBT card within one month.

Am I eligible?

Anyone with a social security number can apply for SNAP. Even if you don’t have a social security number, you may still be eligible if you have a child in the household who does have an SSN. After you apply, they’ll look at your household income, expenses, and other factors to determine whether you qualify for SNAP benefits and how much you’ll receive per month.

I'm not a citizen or legal resident. Can I apply?

You may still be eligible to apply for SNAP if you have a child in the household who has a social security number, or if you are in a protected immigration category. Give us a call, and we can figure it out together.

How much can I expect to receive?

The monthly benefit ranges from $16 - $1,000+ per month, but it completely depends on how many people are in your household & what your personal situation is. For context, the maximum benefit amount for a one person household is $204.

I applied but was not approved. Now what?

Depending on how long ago you applied, and the reason your application was rejected, it may be a good idea to re-apply. Sometimes you just need to provide extra documentation.

If it doesn’t make sense for you to apply, we can help you find other food options. Where there’s a will, there’s a way!

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