Program DescriptionThe Food Stamp Program helps put food on the table for approximately 34,000 Idaho households and 85,000 individual Idahoans every day. It provides low income households with a card which can be used instead of cash to purchase food items to ensure that they have access to a healthy diet. The Food Stamp Program represents the pledge that hunger will not be tolerated in America. It is the tangible expression of the unalterable belief that everyone has a right to food for themselves and their families. The program is the cornerstone of the Federal Government's food assistance programs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) administers the Food Stamp Program at the Federal level through its Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). State agencies administer the program at the state and local levels, including determination of eligibility and allotments.
General Program RequirementsIn order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Idaho 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 ProcessFor detailed application information, visit:
Program Contact Information
For more information, visit: http://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/FoodCashAssistance/FoodStamps/tabid/90/default.aspx
You may also call or visit your local Health and Welfare office. When calling, select option 19 for the Health and Welfare Offices. To locate the office nearest you, visit: http://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/ContactUs/tabid/127/default.aspx