Program Description

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides benefits to low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. 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. Recipients spend their benefits (provided on an Electronic Benefits Transfer card that is used like an ATM card) to buy eligible food in authorized retail food stores.

General Program Requirements

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.

Visit SNAP's eligibility page to find out more about eligibility requirements and how benefits are computed. To see if you might be eligible for SNAP benefits, you may also use FNS's SNAP pre-screening tool.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

To see if you might be eligible for SNAP benefits, use SNAP's pre-screening tool.

You may also visit SNAP’s Application and Local Office Locators page to learn how to apply in your state.  

Program Contact Information

For more information, call your state’s SNAP hotline.

You can also visit SNAP's Contact Us page to find answers to common questions about SNAP.

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Try using our Benefit Finder questionnaire to view a list of benefit programs you may be eligible to receive.