How to Apply for Food Stamps

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is commonly known as the food stamp program.  SNAP is a federally funded nutrition welfare program run by the USDA.  The States administers the program.

Applying for Food Stamp Benefits

Food stamp application forms are available from your local social service office.  You can also apply for food stamps when applying for SSI benefit from Social Security. It is also possible to complete food stamp applications forms online in many states.  These forms can then be printed and taken into your local service office to complete the application process.  If an application is approved your benefits are received through electronic food stamps which helps prevent food stamp fraud.

Once you have filled out an application, you will have an interview with a food stamp caseworker.  Some of the documents you will need for the interview are:

  • Driver's license or State identification card;
  • Birth Certificate;
  • Pay stubs;
  • Agency letter showing money received, like Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits, child support, alimony, unemployment, retirement, etc.;
  • Rental agreement or letter from your landlord, or mortgage statement that shows your address;
  • Utility bills, such as electricity, gas, and water;
  • Cancelled checks for daycare or child support payments for your child(ren); and
  • Medical bills that you pay (if you are 60 or older, or disabled);

Applying for Food Stamps Lawyer

You have the right to a fair hearing if you disagree with any action taken on your case.  Legal representation is allowed and advisable if you feel you need help pursuing your rights.

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