How Do You Apply for Food Stamps?


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An application for food stamps, a common name for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, must be made through your local SNAP office. Each state has its own office, application form and eligibility requirements. As of November 2014, 41 states allow you to apply for food stamps online.

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You can find your local SNAP office using the national map feature of the SNAP website, administered by the United States Department of Agriculture. Local offices are also identified via an online search or in the state and local government pages of the telephone book. Most states have their own SNAP telephone numbers. If your state does not offer online applications, contact your local SNAP office for more information about how to apply and how to get an application form.

The USDA SNAP website offers a list of eligibility requirements and an optional pre-screening eligibility tool to help you determine whether you qualify for food stamps before you apply. Some of the information you may need for both the eligibility pre-screening and food stamps application include your earnings, rent or mortgage payment, utility bills, day care expenses, child support, medical bills, SSI, social security or VA payments. With SNAP assistance, some foods, such as already prepared items, may not be purchased from the grocery store.

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