The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps, helps low-income families buy the food they need in order to stay healthy.
The SNAP program helps provide healthy foods to low-income families. If you are eligible for SNAP, you will receive an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, which is used like a debit card at the grocery store. The card uses money from a SNAP account set up for the eligible family to pay for food items. The benefits can only be used on eligible food purchases.
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.
The amount of SNAP you get (also called benefit amount), depends on a variety of circumstances 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.
You can use your SNAP benefits at grocery stores and farmers markets.
Covered by SNAP
- Breads and cereals
- Fruits and vegetables
- Meats, fish, and poultry
- Dairy products
- Seeds and plants that produce food
Not covered by SNAP
- Beer, wine or liquor
- Cigarettes or tobacco
- Vitamins and medicines
- Food that can be eaten in-store
- Prepared foods
- Non-food items:
- Pet food, soaps, paper products and household supplies.