Program DescriptionThe Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides benefits to low-income people that they can use to buy food to improve their diets. SNAP 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. Through nutrition education partners, SNAP helps clients learn to make healthy eating and active lifestyle choices.
General Program RequirementsAnyone who meets the program eligibility requirements can get SNAP benefits. To be eligible for SNAP most households must meet certain resource and income limits. A household with an elderly or disabled household member need only meet the net income limit.
A household's benefit amount is based on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Thrifty Food Plan, which is an estimate of how much it costs to buy food to prepare nutritious, low-cost meals for a household. A household's net monthly income is multiplied by .3, and the result is subtracted from the maximum allotment for the household size to determine the household's allotment. This is because SNAP households are expected to spend 30 percent of their own income on food, so the amount of benefits received help to supplement the household's food budget. For example, if a one-person household has a net income of $500, this amount is multiplied by .3 to get $150. The $150 is then subtracted from the maximum allotment of $200 for a household size of one (based on zero income) to get a SNAP benefit amount of $50.
You can get information about SNAP eligibility requirements and how benefits are computed at:
Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application ProcessYou can get information on how to apply for SNAP at:
You may be able to find out how much you may be eligible to receive by using USDA's SNAP Pre-Screening Eligibility Tool at:
This Pre-Screening Tool is not an application for SNAP. An application for SNAP benefits must be made at your local SNAP Office.
Program Contact Information
For more detailed information on SNAP, visit: