Emergency food stamps, or SNAP benefits, are given to those who qualify, meeting one of three criteria: money in the bank and income add up to less than the household's monthly expenses; a monthly income of less than $150 and less than $100 in the bank; or a migrant worker applicant who has less than $100 in the bank. If eligible for emergency benefits, applicants see their awards within seven days of submitting an application.
Local SNAP offices administer the applications at the county level. In order to expedite the application process, the applicant should obtain an application from the local SNAP program office, file it online or bring a printed copy to his local SNAP office. There is a pre-screening tool available online to determine eligibility for SNAP benefits. Eligibility is based on a number of different factors including income and assets. Some income, such as SSI benefits, are not included.
The only way to apply for SNAP benefits is to contact the local SNAP office. A toll-free number is provided on the SNAP website for applicants to ask questions or to obtain more information. Eligibility requirements for each location vary; however, SNAP offices determine an applicant's eligibility based on his income, resources, disability, employment and a number of other factors.