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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

What is SNAP?
SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, used to be called the Food Stamp Program. It is a federal nutrition program that helps you stretch your grocery budget to buy healthy food. It is meant to supplement, or add to, your monthly food dollars. SNAP benefits can be used to purchase food items at grocery stores, convenience stores and some farmers' markets and co-op food programs. SNAP benefts are distributed each month on a plastic card called an EBT card (Electronic Benefits Transfer card), which works like a debit card.

Who can receive SNAP benefits?
  • People of all ages can receive SNAP benefits including families, people living alone, seniors, people living with roommates and even people who are homeless.
  • People who are working or have other regular income (such as Social Security or a pension) can often get SNAP benefits.
  • SNAP eligibility is determined by a calculation that takes into consideration your family size, people in your household, citizenship status, household income and certain expenses.

How do I apply for SNAP?
  • Call our Contact Center at 1.800.726.8774 to start your application now.

Other SNAP and Nutrition Programs:
  • Summer Food Service Program This program is designed to fill the nutrition gap that children may experience during the summer months and to make sure children get the nutritious meals they need and deserve.
  • Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program Seniors may receive vouchers to purchase food at farmers' market locations. These vouchers are distributed at Council on Aging offices across the state. Click HERE to find your county's Council on Aging office.
  • Healthy Bucks Program With a purchase of at least $5, SNAP recipients will be eligible for a $10 token to be used for the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables at select community farmers' markets across the state. Click HERE to learn more about Healthy Bucks and to find participating locations.