If your household is approved, you will receive a letter telling you the amount of benefits you will receive and advising you when you have to be interviewed again to continue receiving benefits.
Can I get SNAP benefits right away?
You may qualify for SNAP benefits soon after applying under certain circumstances, if:
Your household's monthly rent/mortgage and utilities costs are more than its gross monthly income.
Your household's gross monthly income is less than $150 and resources, such as cash or bank accounts, total $100 or less.
Your household includes members who are destitute migrant or seasonal farm workers.
The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
How are SNAP benefits used?
Your household's SNAP benefits will be deposited into a SNAP benefit account each month. Your household will receive an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card in the mail along with instructions on how to activate the card and how to choose a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to access your food benefit account.
Sign the back of your EBT card right away. SNAP benefits can be used just like money to purchase almost any food item, except ready-to-eat hot foods. You may also use SNAP benefits to buy seeds and plants to grow fruits and vegetables. The following items cannot be purchased with SNAP benefits: tobacco, alcohol, pet food, soap and other household products, medicines, and other non-food items.
What if a EBT card if lost, stolen or damaged?
If you need to report your card lost, stolen or damaged, call 1-888-979-9949. This number is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
As a SNAP benefits recipient, you have the following rights:
Your household may begin the process of applying for SNAP benefits the same day you visit the SNAP benefit office by completing a short form.
Your household will be notified within 30 days of applying for SNAP benefits if your application is approved or denied.
Your household may receive SNAP benefits within a few days if you qualify and have little or no money, or if you meet certain income requirements.
- If you disagree with any action taken in your case, you are entitled to a fair hearing. At this hearing your household will have a chance to tell an impartial hearing officer why you disagree with any action in your case. If it is found that an error has been made in your household's case, you will receive any benefits denied as a result of the error.
By federal law, sales tax may not be charged on food purchased with food benefits. If your household purchases food with a combination of food benefits and cash, sales tax may only be charged for taxable items paid with cash.
For more information about SNAP, contact SNAP Call Services toll free at (855) 306-8959 or call the Ombudsman toll free at (800) 372-2973. TTY is available at (800) 627-4702.
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.
Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.
To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:
https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/ad-3027.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (833) 620-1071, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to:
Food and Nutrition Service, USDA
1320 Braddock Place, Room 334
Alexandria, VA 22314; or
fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.