Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: How To Apply
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP: formerly "Food stamps") is a national program that you apply for locally under the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
In most states, you can apply on line. However, it is recommended that you apply in person so that you have a person who can answer your questions and help guide you in answering questions in the manner most likely to get you approved while still being accurate in your answers.
To find your local office and the application in use in your state, go to www.fns.usda.gov/snap/outreach/map.htm . You can also find the local office by calling 800.221.5689, press 2.
When you go to the local office, take the papers you'll need to establish eligibility with you. In addition to national requirements, your local office may require additional documentation so it is advisable to check before going to a local office.
If you need food assistance immediately, ask for Expedited Service.
SIGN THE APPLICATION (and get a written receipt) ON YOUR FIRST VISIT! You do not have to have all the information or all the documents with you on your first visit. You don't even need to have your formal interview the first day. The important thing is to get the process started. The date you submit your application triggers a time limit by which you must receive a determination about your application.
If you want to apply on line, click here to find out whether your state permits online filing, and if so, how to do it.
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