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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 | Notices
Child Nutrition Programs: Income Eligibility Guidelines (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020)

This notice announces the Department's annual adjustments to the Income Eligibility Guidelines to be used in determining eligibility for free and reduced price meals and free milk for the period from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.

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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 | 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.

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Excluded Retirement Accounts
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Updated Retirement Account Exclusions from Resources
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LIHEAP Implementation Memo
Resource | Final Rule
Final Rule: FDPIR Income Deductions and Resource Eligibility - Approval of Information Collection Request

This document announces approval of an information collection requirements (ICR)  associated with the  final rule entitled Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations: Income Deductions and Resource Eligibility was published on Aug. 27, 2013.

Resource | Final Rule
Final Rule: FDPIR Income Deductions and Resource Eligibility

This rulemaking establishes requirements to simplify and improve the administration of and expand access to the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations and the Food Distribution Program for Indian Households in Oklahoma, both of which are referred to as ``FDPIR'' in this rulemaking.