Thinking of applying for food stamps? Millions of Americans participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to help put food on the table. The program provides monthly benefits with an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card that can be used just like a debit card to purchase groceries.
The amount you receive each month depends on factors like your income, rent, and family or household size. The benefits are meant to supplement your food budget so you can purchase healthy and nutritious food, as well as gain free benefits and amazing discounts on other things. In this guide, we'll be walking you through the program's application so you can start receiving SNAP benefits as soon as possible.
Which Programs Offer EBT Cards?
In the United States, there are two main programs that offer EBT cards to help pay for food:
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
To get your EBT card and start using SNAP benefits, you'll need to apply to your state's SNAP program.
First, you'll fill out an application, either online, in person, by mail, or phone. You'll provide info about your income, expenses, and household to determine your eligibility.
If approved, your state will send you an EBT card in the mail. This card works like a debit card to pay for food items. Your benefits will be deposited onto the card each month. Here's how an EBT card works:
- Use the card to shop for most food items like bread, dairy, meat, and produce.
- Swipe your EBT card at checkout and enter your PIN.
- Your benefits balance will be displayed on the card reader and receipt.
- Unused benefits roll over each month for up to 1 year.
To keep receiving food benefits, you must re-certify your eligibility, usually every 6-12 months. Be prepared to provide information about any changes in income or household.
Using EBT is easy once you get started. Stay within your SNAP budget each month and your benefits can really help grow your food dollars. Eating healthy, nutritious meals should be affordable for everyone. SNAP can help make that possible.
Special Benefits With Your EBT Card
Did you know that SNAP benefits can get you free or reduced admission to zoos, aquariums, and museums throughout the United States? Present your EBT card at participating locations and you'll receive discounted admission for up to four tickets at up to 50% off the regular price. Some places even offer additional discounts on food, gift shop items and special exhibits or events.
Check with the museums and cultural centers in your area to see if they participate in SNAP's discounted admission offer. This program makes arts and culture more accessible to people of all income levels. Spending a day exploring a museum or cultural center is a great way for families on SNAP benefits to enjoy an educational experience together without breaking the bank. Take advantage of the entertainment and enrichment opportunities in your community and purchase admission tickets at a lower cost.
Other Programs that Offer Food Assistance
In addition to SNAP benefits and free admission, there are other programs that can help put food on the table for you and your family. Let's talk about some:
National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) offers free or reduced-price lunches for children in schools. As a family in the market for SNAP benefits, your children likely qualify for free or reduced-price school lunches.
Applying for the NSLP
To apply, contact your child’s school or school district and ask for an application for the National School Lunch Program. You will need to provide information about your household size and income. Once approved, your child receives lunch at a reduced price or completely free.
Some schools also offer free breakfast in addition to lunch. Providing your children with nutritious meals during the day is so important for their health, growth, and ability to focus in school. The NSLP makes that possible for families on a budget.
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program For Women, Infants, & Children (WIC)
The WIC program provides nutritious foods, nutrition education, and referrals to health and other social services to low-income pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children up to age five. As a WIC recipient, you'll receive an EBT card to purchase WIC-approved foods like cereal, eggs, milk, cheese, beans, peanut butter, and juice.
WIC also offers nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding promotion and support, and referrals for health care. The program has been shown to improve pregnancy outcomes, improve infant and adult health, and support child growth and development.
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Either way, the first step is to provide proof of identity with a government-issued ID. This is so you can confirm your participation in one of the qualifying programs or that you meet the household income requirement.
We accept the following U.S. Government Issued ID:
- U.S. Driver License
- Certificate of U.S. Citizenship
- Certificate of Naturalization
- U.S. Passport
- U.S. Government, State or Tribal issued-ID
- U.S. Military ID cards
- Permanent Resident Cards
- Permanent Resident Alien Cards
You can show the following documents to prove that you are taking part in a government financial assistance program or use them as proof of active benefits:
- Statement of benefits from a qualifying Program.
- Notice letter of participation, such as an award letter
- Program participation documents, such as a screenshot from an online account.
- In order to show income, you can provide any of the following proofs:
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- Copy of your State or Federal income tax return.
- Three months' worth of current pay stubs.
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