Program DescriptionThe Food Benefits/EBT helps people with little or no money buy enough food for healthy meals. It does this by providing people with an EBT card, which can be used to buy food at participating stores. Kentucky Food Benefits/EBT increase the household's food buying power when they are added to the household's money.
Kentucky Food Benefits/EBT will be deposited into a benefit account for you each month. You will receive an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in the mail to access your food stamp benefits. You may use your EBT card to purchase almost any food item, except ready-to-eat hot foods.
The Kentucky Cabinet runs the Food Benefits/EBT Program for Families and Children.
General Program RequirementsIn order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Kentucky 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, you must first download and fill out an application:
Next, return the application to your nearest Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) office via email or fax, or in person:
https://apps.chfs.ky.gov/Office_Phone/index.aspx Application instructions can be found at:
Program Contact Information
For more information, visit: http://chfs.ky.gov/dcbs/dfs/foodstampsebt.htm#apply
Or call: 1-800-372-2973
TTY available at: 1-800-627-4720