Applying For Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits

SNAP grants nutrition assistance to many qualified, low-income families and individuals. It provides economic benefits to communities as well. The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) operates the program with State agencies, nutrition instructors, and the neighborhood to make sure that those qualified for nutrition support can make educated decisions regarding applying for the food program and can access benefits. FNS works with State associates and the retail community to help improve program management and ensure program integrity as well.

How To Apply

To apply for SNAP benefits, or for more information about the program, contact the local SNAP office. Each State has their own application form and process.

  • Get a copy of the application form. You can pick one up from your local SNAP office, have one mailed to you or get one online.
  • On-line applications? There are a lot of States that allow you to apply online like Alabama, California, Florida, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New York, Texas, Vermont, Washington, and others. If your State’s form cannot be found on the web yet, contact the local SNAP office to request a copy.
  • On-line applications? There are a lot of States that allow you to apply online like Alabama, California, Florida, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New York, Texas, Vermont, Washington, and others. If your State’s form cannot be found on the web yet, contact the local SNAP office to request a copy.
  • Submit the application form. Submit the application form as quickly as possible by mailing, faxing, bringing it to the local SNAP office, or online if the State provides this option.
  • Schedule an interview with a SNAP worker. Ask the SNAP worker what documents you need to bring for the interview. Some documents they may ask you to bring include: birth certificate, pay stubs, state identification card, driver's license, utility bills, and others.
  • Attend your interview with the SNAP worker. Bring the papers you need. Bring copies, or request for the SNAP worker to make photocopies. Keep your original papers. You can bring a friend or a community representative to assist you in understanding and in completing the process. If in case you cannot go to the SNAP office, request for a phone interview, or authorize a relative or friend to go in your place.

If your application gets approved, then it is time to go grocery shopping! They will provide an EBT card which looks like an ATM card. The program will send you monthly benefits to this card and you can use it to food shop. If your application was not approved, you may ask for the reason why and you can request for a "fair hearing", where someone from the State will meet with the SNAP office and you to discuss your application. The hearing does not cost you any money.