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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
PART 273—SNAP Certification of Eligible Households

Household concept: A household is composed of one of the following individuals or groups of individuals, unless otherwise specified in paragraph (b) of this section.

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.

Resource | Fact Sheets
Excluded Retirement Accounts
Resource | Policy Memos
Revised Treatment of Gift Cards in Determining SNAP Eligibility and Benefits

The memorandum that follows is intended to update earlier guidance provided to state agencies on the treatment of gift cards in determining Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility and benefits.  This memorandum replaces the previous guidance on the treatment of gift cards that was distributed on September 11, 2006.

Resource | Policy Memos
Updated Retirement Account Exclusions from Resources

This memorandum updates earlier guidance on the treatment of retirement accounts in determining SNAP eligibility.

Resource | Policy Memos
LIHEAP Implementation Memo

On Feb. 7, 2014, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) was reauthorized as part of The Agricultural Act (the Act) of 2014 (PL 113-79). Attached is an implementing memorandum describing Section 4006, "Standard Utility Allowances Based on the Receipt of Energy Assistance."

Resource | Policy Memos
Treatment of Medical Loss Ratio Rebates

This memorandum provides guidance to states on how to treat MLR rebates received by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households.

Resource | Legislation
Medical Deductions—Medical Marijuana and Other Illegal Substances

This memorandum is to reaffirm Food and Nutrition Service  (FNS) policy regarding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) medical deduction and medicinal marijuana. Due to the increase in the number of states with laws that permit the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, FNS is now reaffirming its long standing policy that a household may not utilize the SNAP medical deduction for the cost of any substance considered illegal under federal law.

Resource | Policy Memos
Treatment of TANF-Funded Subsidized Employment Income

It has come to our attention that a number of states have begun using the Emergency Fund to develop and implement a wide range of subsidized employment efforts. In addition to the Emergency Fund program, subsidized employment may be funded under the regular TANF block grant or state Maintenance of Effort (MOE) funds.