The process for checking the status of a food stamp application varies by state, but all local Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program offices can be contacted directly to check the status of an application. Often, the application process can be expedited if the applicant goes to the local SNAP office and fills out the necessary paperwork in person.
The process by which SNAP applications are completed, reviewed and approved depends on the state where the application was filed. Likewise, each state has a different way of handling communication between consumers and local SNAP offices during the application process. It is important for applicants to understand their local SNAP office's application process prior to applying for benefits. This information can be found on the USDA Food and Nutrition Service's website.
It is always possible to directly communicate with a local SNAP office. Most offices have a way for consumers to email, call or mail inquiries regarding the application process. This information can be found on the webpage of the local SNAP office, or by calling 2-1-1 from a land line phone they can direct you to the appropriate office.
Most application processing delays are caused by unverifiable or missing information. Applicants should double-check their applications, reviewing information such as social security number, mailing address and monthly income amounts, before they submit the form.