Program DescriptionThe Food Stamp Program is a 100 percent Federally funded program, which is administered through each state. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services develop Federal regulations that govern implementation of the program. In Indiana, the Family and Social Services Administration is responsible for ensuring the Federal regulations are initially implemented and consistently applied in each county.
Indiana's Food Stamp Program is designed to raise the nutritional level of low income households by supplementing their available food purchasing dollars with food stamp coupons. In accordance with Federal law and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, the Food Stamp Program is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs, or disability.
General Program RequirementsTo qualify, applicants must meet both non-financial and financial requirements. Non-financial requirements include state residency, citizenship/alien status, work registration and cooperation with the IMPACT Program. Financial criteria include income and asset limits.
The asset/resource limits are $2,000 per household except for households containing a member who is disabled or age 60 or older; then the limit is $3,000. Assets include bank accounts, cash, real estate, personal property, vehicles, etc. The household's home and surrounding lot, household good and personal belongings and life insurance policies are not counted as assets in the Food Stamp Program. All households (except those with elderly or disabled members) must pass a gross income test (130 percent of poverty) to qualify for benefits. The gross income is per household size and based on the gross monthly income received by all household members.
Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.
Application ProcessFor detailed application information, visit:
Program Contact Information
To learn more about the Food Stamp Program and the specific eligibility requirements and program benefits in Indiana, visit: http://www.in.gov/fssa/dfr/2691.htm
Or contact your local Division of Family Resources (DFR) office. To find your local office, visit the following site and scroll down to the heading that says, "Select your county below for information regarding the local DFR office nearest you": http://www.in.gov/fssa/dfr/2999.htm