The Idaho Food Stamp Program helps low-income families buy the food they need in order to stay healthy. An eligible family receives an Idaho Quest Card, which is used in card scanners at the grocery store. The card uses money from a Food Stamp account set up for the eligible family to pay for food items.
APPLY FOR FOOD ASSISTANCE
You can apply for food assistance with just your name, address, and signature on our Application for Assistance. This gets you started, but we still need you to provide the rest of the information on the application before we can determine if you’re eligible to receive food assistance.
IMMEDIATE FOOD ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE
If you need food assistance immediately, and are eligible, we can provide benefits within seven days. You must meet certain criteria in order to qualify for the expedited services.
In order to receive food assistance, certain eligibility requirements must be met in areas such as, citizenship/immigration status, income, resources, work requirements, and other areas based on your household's circumstances. To find out whether you could be eligible for Food Stamps, check out this pre-screening tool (use only as a guide, not as a final determination). Regardless of the results of the tool, we encourage you to come in to our offices. A quick conversation will help you find out whether you may be eligible.
Effective June 2011, resources must be under $5,000 to qualify for Food Stamps. Resources include, but are not limited to, cash, bank accounts, stocks, bonds, real property, household vehicles, and recreational vehicles. Household vehicles might be excluded based on usage and other factors. If you own vehicles that you think may disqualify you, we encourage you to come into our offices and speak with a Self Reliance Specialist to determine if you are eligible.
FOOD STAMP AMOUNT
The amount of Food Stamps you get (also called benefit amount), depends on a variety of cirumstances such as, the number of people in your household, your income, and other factors. Generally, the larger the household size or the lower the income, the higher the benefit amount.
RE-EVALUATING FOR FOOD STAMPS
If eligible for Food Stamps, you are required to re-evaluate every so often. When your household is due for recertification, the Department will notify you and provide you with the information and forms required to complete the process.
If you need more information about the Idaho Food Stamp program, check out the Food Stamp Frequently Asked Questions. If you cannot find the information you're looking for, or you need information or forms in a different format than provided on our web site, please don't hesitate to contact us.