The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the largest federal nutrition assistance program, serving an average of 12% of the 79 million families in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). SNAP is a supplementary program to help an individual or family buy nutritious food.
Benefits.gov aims to make it easier for citizens to find information on available assistance programs. If you or a loved one want to understand SNAP better, use this guide to help you on your path to government benefits.
Many people may be eligible to receive SNAP benefits, including single adults, families, seniors, and working people. Eligibility is primarily determined through household income and expenses. SNAP helps low-income people buy nutritious food to stay in good health. You may be eligible for SNAP benefits if you are:
The total amount of SNAP benefits you can receive is calculated by the USDA’s Thrifty Food Plan, which estimates the amount it costs for you to prepare healthy meals within your household. This estimate is updated each year to keep pace with food prices in your local area.
Applying for food stamp benefits doesn’t have to be complicated. Visit our SNAP page, where you can access your local SNAP office locator.
The local office locator lists SNAP offices in an easy-to-navigate, interactive map where citizens can select their state for SNAP information, including contact numbers and website information, as well as application options, including those for accessibility. Please note each state has its own application form and eligibility and acceptance criteria. To see if you may be eligible for SNAP benefits in your state, visit the Benefits.gov benefit eligibility tool.
Benefits.gov has information on additional programs you and your family may be interested in to help with your nutritional needs. USDA’s Food & Nutrition Service (FNS) has responded to the coronavirus pandemic by:
The Special Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for:
Services provided by WIC include:
Read more about the WIC program and how it can help you and your family in our article, “Everything You Need to Know about WIC.” For more information on related programs, browse the Food and Nutrition category on Benefits.gov. If you’re curious about other benefit programs you may be eligible for, take the Benefit Finder questionnaire.