In most states, citizens can submit applications for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by telephone, fax, mail or online. Generally, applicants have to complete a follow-up interview and submit supporting documentation, including proof of identity, household income, resources and expense information, before the application can be processed.
Generally, applicants have to submit supporting documents by mail or fax or in person at the applicable state's Department of Human Services. Each state handles its own application process. The program is overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which maintains a list of contact information for every state on its website, USDA.gov.