Food Stamp Program or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Food Stamps, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a government program that gives households money to buy food.

Each state runs its own program, and uses electronic benefits cards (like debit cards) to give out funds. In your state, the food stamp program may have a unique name (for example, Access Oklahoma or Colorado Quest Card).


Program Benefits Am I eligible? How do I apply?

Eligible households receive an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card that can be used like a debit card at most grocery stores to get unprepared foods. Many farmers’ markets also accept EBT cards.

The amount of money that your household gets each month depends on where you live and also on your household’s size and income.

On average, households receive almost $1 per meal per person, which adds up quickly for individuals and families needing help buying food.

Your household may be eligible for SNAP if:

  • All members are U.S. citizens, have lived legally in the U.S.A. for 5 or more years, or have certain refugee or protected status.
  • Your household has moderate savings accounts or investments
  • Your combined income meets the requirements below

Talk to a local agency for other exceptions.

Eligibility is based on all the members of your household (your “household” is made up of those who buy, prepare and eat meals together).
Number of people in your household:  
If your monthly household income is less than $ you may be eligible for SNAP.

Remember that this information is meant only as a guide.

Generally, applying for SNAP involves: Submitting an application (by mail, in person, or online) Going to a scheduled meeting at your local SNAP office. You will need to schedule an appointment. Make sure to find out what documents you need to bring to your meeting.

Each state has its own SNAP application procedure and requirements, so you must contact your local office to find out exactly what you need to do to apply for SNAP.

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