Program DescriptionCongress passed the Food Stamp (now SNAP) Act of 1977 in order to provide eligible households an opportunity to obtain a more nutritious diet by supplementing their food budget. Income, resources, and household size determine the amount of SNAP assistance a household receives. The program is administered both by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the state of Montana. Generally, residents of Montana who are eligible to receive benefits include: People who live together and buy food and prepare meals together are grouped as a "household" for SNAP. Husbands and wives, and children under 22 years old living with their natural, adoptive or stepparents must be considered as one household. Household members that wish to be included must be U.S. citizens or legal aliens. Household members that wish to be included must furnish or apply for a social security number. Income and resource guidelines listed in this overview must be met. Able-bodied household members who are age 16 through 59 must register for work, and may be required to participate in a Food Stamp Employment and Training Program unless a specified exemption is met. Additional eligibility criteria exist so you will need to work with your local County Public Assistance Office to determine whether you are eligible for benefits. Note that an interview will be required to confirm your eligibility in addition to completing an application for benefits.
General Program RequirementsIn order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Montana 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 ProcessThe SNAP application can be found at the following location:
To apply for this program, fill out the application and make an appointment to speak with a representative at your local county office:
Program Contact Information
You can also learn more about benefits in Montana and the requirements for eligibility on our website at: http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/hcsd/snap/index.shtml