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How to Apply for Food Stamps

How to Apply for Food Stamps

Apply for food stamps today! Food stamps, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, provides needed money for food to low income families. In addition to hundreds of dollars per month in food benefits, you can also get museum discounts and discounts at certain retailers just for having an EBT card!

Although this is a federal program, it is administered at a state level and so some details vary by state.

Who can get food stamps?

Any low income individual or family can apply for food stamps as long as they meet certain income and resource limits.

These limits are somewhat complicated to explain because there are many different allowances. When in doubt, just apply for food stamps and see what happens!

For example, you must have $2,250 or less in countable assets (or $3,500 or less if you are age 60+ or disabled). Your home and property do not count toward this limit. Also, the limit does not apply if you receive SSI, TANF or pension/retirement benefits. Vehicles and other assets are managed at the state level.

Your income generally must be 130% of the federal poverty guideline or less. However, certain types of disability payments do not count. Also, the program doesn’t count 20% of your earned income. The program also reduces your earnings by $160-$170 for a household deduction. They also do not count any money that you spend on medical expenses, dependent care, child support, excess shelter costs and utilities.

Able-bodied adults without dependents must meet work requirements in order to receive food stamps. Anyone between the ages of 18 and 49 who has no dependents and is not disabled must meet these requirements.

What is food stamps? Why should I apply for food stamps?

The food stamps program deposits a certain amount of money on an EBT card each month. This money can be used to purchase certain items, including food and some gardening supplies. In some states, certain people can also use their food stamps card at restaurants like McDonald’s, Little Caesar’s and Denny’s.

In addition to these benefits, some museums, retailers, and cities offer exciting discounts and freebies for EBT cardholders. They use your EBT card to prove that you are low income and qualify for these deals. You can find the EBT discounts and deals for your state by clicking here!

When do I get my food stamps?

States have different distribution dates. Some only disburse food stamps one day per month. Other states stagger disbursements based on your last name or case number. Click here for the disbursement schedule in your state.

Where can I apply for food stamps? 

Since food stamps are administered by the states, you will need to use your state’s website to apply. Luckily, we’ve found them all for you!






























New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

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Nicole leads the Low Income Relief team with over 20 years of professional research and writing experience. Nicole started Low Income Relief after a personal experience with poverty. When her husband was medically discharged from the US Army, their family experienced tremendous financial hardship. Nicole was able to gather help from multiple community agencies and move into a nearby low income housing unit in just two weeks! Since then, Nicole has been dedicated to helping low income families in crisis. She regularly spends hundreds of hours combing through countless resources to make sure that Low Income Relief has the most comprehensive and complete resource directories on the internet today. Prior to starting Low Income Relief, Nicole worked as a novelist, journalist, ghostwriter and content creator. Her work has been featured in various print and online publications, including USA Today, eHow, Livestrong, Legal Beagle, The Daily Herald, The Chronicle and more.

Yosmani Alcierna

Thursday 14th of April 2022

How do I find my case number


Monday 18th of April 2022

Information on this should be in the article above. Chat with Lira, she might be able to help!


Sunday 13th of March 2022

hey my name is samaria howlett and i live with my gf im only 17 my mom live in a different city my dad cant tack care of me his not responsible he gets food staps for me and i dont see nun of it its hard bcaues i have to save and i can not do that if i have to pay for food


Thursday 31st of March 2022

Low Income Relief is an information service and does not provide cash or items directly. You will need to search our website for information about organizations that can help you meet those needs. Chat with Lira, she might be able to help!

Nina J Malone

Wednesday 9th of February 2022

I will be 53 in April. I had surgery in 2013 and in 2014 on my legs. I was able to return to work at end of 2019 all my issues with my legs came back but did not have health insurance. I finally qualified for Ar Works now it's AR Home. My Vascular Specialist said there was nothing else he could do to help so sending me to a neurologist on February 24th also American Pain Specialist and advised me I need to sign up for my disability which I did Nov 5 2021. Right now I'm just in the process of waiting . I've heard everything I was 16 years old but I have never been in this situation I'm about to be homeless , I have no assets , I'm divorced with 1 daughter that's 33 , but I live alone. I rent a house in Sherwood AR I am 9 months behind on rent I missed the dead line for rental assistance by 4 days my landlord got the application in but by the time I got the information that I could upload it was too late. I finally got food stamps for 4 months and I was trying to see if there's any way or any assistance out there that help ed someone that was waiting to get approved for disability. I don't know what to do. Please help me with some advice when I get approved for my disability and get the back pay I will pay it back. I'm so scared of being homeless . I didn't know if there's anything I called up for or I saw her some people qualified for cash assistance also on your snap card that I don't have children living at home it's just me! God Bless u and Thank u

Scott puryear

Sunday 5th of December 2021

I could not upload the new jersey page


Monday 13th of December 2021

Thanks for letting me know! I’ll get that added to our research list and we’ll get that information added as soon as we can.

velisia legrand

Friday 5th of November 2021

Thank so much for your Information this is a lot of help thanks again


Thursday 9th of December 2021

Thanks for letting us know! I’m glad we were able to help.