Program DescriptionThe United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, provides food benefits, access to a healthy diet, and education on food preparation and nutrition to low-income households. Recipients spend their benefits (provided on an electronic card that is used like an ATM card) to buy eligible food in authorized retail food stores. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) works with State agencies, nutrition educators, and neighborhood and faith-based organizations to ensure that those eligible for nutrition assistance can make informed decisions about applying for the program and can access benefits. SNAP is the federal name for the program. State programs may have different names.
General Program Requirements
For this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Alabama.
To see if you might be eligible for SNAP benefits, use SNAP's pre-screening tool.
Because many programs offer services to families that may qualify them under other local criteria, we strongly recommend you contact the program in your community for more information and guidance.
In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
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Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.
Application ProcessApplications must be filed in the county where you live or online. You may fax, mail, or bring the signed application to your County Department of Human Resources (DHR) office for processing.
To apply for food assistance benefits online, please visit MyAlabama.gov. Before you can complete the application, you must first register for an account. Your completed application will be sent to the DHR office in the county where you live.
Alabama Elderly Simplified Application Project: If everyone in your household is age 60 or older, and no one is working, you can apply for benefits through the Alabama Elderly Simplified Application Project (AESAP). For more information about AESAP, or to request an AESAP application, call 1-800-438-2958 or visit the AESAP web page.
To find your nearest office, visit the County Office Contact Lookup page.
You may also view a full copy of the State of Alabama Department of Human Resources Food Stamp Application.