The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides monthly grocery funds on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card to eligible low-income households in Arkansas. This guide covers SNAP eligibility requirements, how to apply, and additional perks like free wireless service.
What is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)?
Formerly known as the food stamp program, SNAP gives households funds each month to buy food and groceries through an EBT card that can be used at most grocery stores. The Arkansas Department of Human Services administers the federally-funded SNAP program in the state.
Eligibility for SNAP in Arkansas
To receive SNAP benefits in Arkansas, your household must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Income Limits - Your gross monthly income must be below the limits based on household size:
- 1 person - $1,396
- 2 people - $1,888
- 3 people - $2,379
- 4 people - $2,871
- 5 people - $3,363
- 6 people - $3,855
- 7 people - $4,347
- 8 people - $4,839
- Asset Limits - Countable resources like cash or money in bank accounts must be below $2,500, or $3,750 if living with someone elderly or disabled.
- Residency - You must live in Arkansas to qualify.
- Citizenship - Recipients must be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens like refugees or asylees.
- Work Rules - Able-bodied adults without dependents must work or participate in employment training at least 20 hours per week. Some exceptions apply.
- Cooperation with Child Support Services - Custodial and non-custodial parents must cooperate with child support requirements.
How to Apply for Arkansas SNAP
You can apply for Arkansas SNAP benefits online, over the phone, in-person at local county DHS offices, or by submitting a paper application by mail. Be ready to provide:
- Identifying documents like driver's licenses
- Proof of address like utility bills
- Social Security numbers for household members
- Income statements like pay stubs
Applications are processed within 30 days. You may qualify for expedited 7 day processing if you have a disability and little or no income.
SNAP Qualifies You for Free Wireless Phone Service
Getting approved for SNAP/ food stamps can qualify you for the Lifeline and Affordable Connectivity Programs.
The Lifeline program is a federal benefit that provides discounted phone and internet service to eligible low-income households. It is administered by the FCC.
Lifeline provides subscribers with up to $9.25 monthly discount on phone bills or broadband internet service. Some providers offer free service. The benefit helps ensure affordable access to communication services.
The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is an FCC benefit that reduces internet bills by up to $30 per month for eligible households. ACP also provides up to a $100 subsidy for most households purchasing a laptop, tablet or desktop computer.
To qualify for Lifeline and ACP, subscribers must be at or below certain income levels or participate in government assistance programs like SNAP, Medicaid, or SSI. Applications can be done online or through providers.
The Lifeline and ACP programs work together to help low-income Americans afford crucial phone and internet services. Millions qualify based on income status or enrollment in other government programs like SNAP.
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Once you have your SNAP benefits, you can use them to automatically qualify for FREE Cell Phone Service with Unlimited Talk Text, and Data from EASY Wireless through Lifeline and ACP.
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Additional Discounts with SNAP EBT Card
Your SNAP EBT card may also provide discounts on other expenses like reduced electricity and water bills, cheaper public transit passes, lower healthcare copays, and savings on groceries not covered by SNAP.
Free Zoo and Museum Entry
Museums4All.org is a signature access program that encourages individuals of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits. The program helps expand access by offering free or reduced admission fees for eligible visitors including students and those receiving food assistance (SNAP benefits).
Discounted Amazon Prime
Amazon Prime EBT Access is a program that provides Amazon Prime membership benefits to households on government assistance programs like SNAP.
With a valid SNAP EBT card, you can sign up for Amazon Prime EBT Access when shopping for groceries on Amazon. This gives access to certain Prime membership perks including free grocery delivery on orders over $25.
Sign Up for Arkansas SNAP Today!
Don't let a tight food budget strain your household. Apply for SNAP in Arkansas to receive monthly grocery funds on an EBT card. And gain access to free wireless service, reduced bills, and other perks. Reach out today to get the food and financial help your family needs.