Food assistance in Idaho is timeliest in the nation

August 22, 2023
Kristin Matthews, Division of Welfare/Self Reliance

A recently released federal report recognized the Department of Health and Welfare’s work to help low-income families buy food as the timeliest food assistance program in the nation.

Idaho’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) was recognized Aug. 11 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which gave Idaho a score of 100% for federal fiscal year 2022. The next closest state was Wisconsin at 97.74%.

SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps, helps low-income families buy the food they need to stay healthy. Nearly 125,000 Idahoans received benefits in April 2023. The federal program is run in Idaho by the Division of Welfare/Self Reliance, which is part of DHW.

The national benchmark for processing SNAP applications is 30 days. In Idaho, families typically receive benefits within four days of applying.

To evaluate programs among the 50 states, District of Columbia, and U.S. territories, the national Food and Nutrition Service evaluated application processing timelines as part of the quality control review process.

A case was considered to have been processed in a timely manner if the household had an opportunity to participate within seven days of the application date for expedited service, and within 30 days of the application date for regular service.

This incredible recognition comes down to the excellent work performed by dedicated DHW employees in the Division of Welfare/Self Reliance to process SNAP applications quickly and efficiently for Idaho families.

If you’re in need of food assistance, please visit or call 877-456-1233.

Kristin Matthews is the Policy Bureau Chief with the Department of Health and Welfare and works with the SNAP program.

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