Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Food Stamps are now issued by way of Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT). You will receive a Card which works at the grocery store like a debit card. The benefits are deposited into an account which is accessed via the Credit Card/Debit Card machine at the check out line in the grocery store. After the client swipes the card and enters a personal identification number (PIN), the amount of the purchase is deducted from the clients account. The client receives a receipt showing the amount of the purchase and the balance on his/her account. Authorized representatives receive a separate card and have unlimited access to the clients account.
How can a person apply?
You can apply for SNAP at the local department of social services the same day you request an application, however, your interview may be held later. If anyone is applying for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or General Relief, that application is also considered for SNAP.
What can be bought with food stamps?
You can use SNAP to buy food or seeds and plants to grow food in your home garden. You cannot use SNAP to buy:
- Alcoholic beverages or tobacco;
- Hot foods ready for immediate consumption or foods to be eaten on the store premises;
- Pet foods;
- Soap or paper products or other non-food items.
At the checkout counter tell the casher beforehand that you are using your EBT Cardinal Card. You will need to separate the items you can pay for with your SNAP from other items unless the store has an electronic program that does this for you.
If you are homeless, you can use food stamps to buy meals from certain authorized restaurants. You will not be charged sales tax on food items or meals purchased with SNAP.
Work requirements to receive food stamps.
If you are age 18 to 50 and able to work, you may be subject to a work requirement in order to receive SNAP. You may be exempt from this work requirement if you are currently working or participating in an approved work program; responsible for the care of a child; pregnant; medically certified as unable to work; meet one of several work registration exemption reasons or live in an exempt locality.
For additional information regarding SNAP,
please contact Human Services at 757- 437-3200.