Resource | Brochures | SNAP 313
How Do I Apply for SNAP Benefits?

SNAP helps low-income people buy the food they need for good health. SNAP benefits are not cash. SNAP benefits are provided on an electronic card that is used like an ATM or bank card to buy food at most grocery stores. To get SNAP benefits, your income and other resources have to be under certain limits.

Resource | Regulations
Standard Utility Allowances

States annually update Standard Utility Allowances (SUAs) to reflect changes in utility costs. When determining a household’s eligibility, States consider a household’s total shelter costs, including the cost of utilities. Since actual utility costs are often hard to determine, States can use a SUA, which is the average cost of utilities in the State or local area.   Different States may use different terms to describe these allowances.