Anyone can apply for Food Stamps or SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). Applying for Stamps is essential when you fall on hard times. If you have children and you qualify for these benefits, you will be able to ensure that they receive proper nutrition needed to grow healthy and strong.
Applying for Stamps is easy and will help feed you and your family if you are suffering from a financial hardship.
These are the 3 most preferred ways to apply for these Stamps:
Online:
Go to your states website and look up applying online for Food Stamps or SNAP. The page will have instructions on how to proceed. You will also be able to look up the government standard poverty guidelines which determines your eligibility depending on your income and what size family you have.
In person at your local welfare office:
Call your local welfare agency and ask if an appointment is necessary. Most of these agencies accept walk ins, but always call to make sure to avoid a wasted trip. Also, ask what you will need to bring with you for verification.
To apply by mail:
If you want to apply by mail, call your local Food Stamp office and have them mail you an application. To avoid delays in processing your application, ask them what types of verification they require you to send with the application.
It is quicker to go directly to your local Food Stamp office because you can speak to some one face to face. Especially if you need emergency nutritional help. You will be assigned a case worker right away to walk you through the process of applying for the Stamps.
If you qualify for emergency Food Stamps, you will be given a percentage of your approved monthly Food Stamp benefit immediately or available the next day. If you do not qualify for emergency benefits, the process to determine eligibility can take any where from one week to 30 days.
Verification required usually consists of proof of address which can be provided by showing your case worker a utility bill or something that comes to your address in your name, A photo ID, proof of income, bank records, birth certificates for you and anyone else you are applying for in your household. You may need to provide more verification if you own your own home such as a mortgage statement, property tax bill etc.
Income limits vary from state to state and can usually be viewed on your states web site.
Applying For Food Stamps is a quick, easy, and painless process; once you’ve completed an application you should receive your food stamps immediately.