WHAT IS SNAP?
SNAP, also known as food stamps, is a government program providing nutritional assistance to low-income individuals who struggle to buy healthy food. SNAP allows the individual to easily purchase items such as fresh vegetables and fruits in order ensure one has the ability to maintain a healthy diet despite financial standing.
SNAP is not a welfare cash assistance program such as TAFDC, meaning that anyone is eligible to gain benefits regardless of whether you are or are not already receiving other government aid.
HOW TO GET SNAP?
You can check your eligibility to receive SNAP using the SNAP calculator at: http://www.gettingfoodstamps.org/canigetsnap.html.
The calculator will ask you questions about the people living in your household, your income, assets, and your household expenses. You will then learn approximately how much SNAP benefits will provide you and how you can apply for them.
SNAP calculator is completely confidential.
If you are eligible to receive SNAP benefits, you can submit your application for SNAP to the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) and it will be processed within 30 days of submission.
You can apply online, email or fax your application, or even apply over the phone at
Project Bread’s toll-free FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333.
*You do not have to be a U.S citizen or obtain a permanent address to apply or receive SNAP.
Once you have received SNAP, you will be sent an EBT card in order to transfer benefits and pay for your food.