How Do You Renew Your Food Stamps?

To renew food stamps benefits, recipients need to complete the recertification form received in the mail and return it to the address listed on the form. The form is automatically sent approximately 45 days before benefits expire.

When an applicant is approved for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps, those benefits are only good for a certain period of time. The certification period can be monthly or can last up to two years. When the application is approved, the caseworker informs the recipient of the length of the certification period. The recertification form that needs to be completed asks for updated personal and financial information. In addition to mailing back the form, documents that support the information provided on the form need to be included.

Once the recertification form is received at the state’s Department of Health and Human Services, an interview to review the information with the applicant is required. In most states, the interview is conducted by telephone. If additional forms are needed to determine eligibility, the caseworker informs the recipient. If the recertification process is not completed, benefits expire at the end of the certification period. The recipient needs to reapply for assistance once benefits have expired.