Program DescriptionThe Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps people with low income get the food they need for good health. SNAP benefits are used in place of cash to buy food. Most people must spend some cash along with their SNAP benefits to buy enough food for a month.
The SNAP Section has the responsibility for administering Arkansas' SNAP Program within the Division of County Operations. The Section is responsible for the following: analysis of issues, laws, and regulations governing the SNAP Program. The SNAP Section develops policy and procedures, monitors compliance with Federal Regulations, which relate to timeliness and accuracy, as well as, compliance with regulations governing the delivery of SNAP benefits.
SNAP is funded with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services dollars.
Annually over $200 million in benefits are authorized for eligible participants in the SNAP Program.
General Program RequirementsIn order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Arkansas and fall into one of two groups: (1) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $2,001, or (2) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $3,001 who share their household with a person or persons age 60 and over, or with a person with a disability (a child, your spouse, a parent, or yourself). For either group, you must also have an annual household income of less than $14,079 if one person lives in the household; $18,941 if two people live in the household; $23,803 if three people live in the household; $28,665 if four people live in the household; $33,527 if five people live in the household; $38,389 if six people live in the household; $43,251 if seven people live in the household; or $48,113 if eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $4,862 for each additional person in the home.
Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application ProcessTo apply for this program, download a copy of the application, found at http://humanservices.arkansas.gov/dco/Pages/SupportServices.aspx, and return it to your local DHS office by mail, fax, or in person.
To locate your nearest DHS office, visit http://www.state.ar.us/dhs/NewDHS/CountyOffice/DHSCountyOffices.htm.
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