Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly known as Food Stamp Program) provides food assistance to eligible households to cover a portion of a household's food budget. Benefits are distributed through an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. SNAP benefits can be used to buy eligible food items for eating at home including seeds and plants which produce food SNAP households to eat. Farmers markets are available for SNAP benefits as well as eligible retailers. In addition to food assistance, the program provides SNAP recipients with nutrition education, employment and training, and work experience in some cases.
The SNAP Employment and Training (E&T) program is designed to promote self-sufficiency through employment. It helps any eligible SNAP participant with opportunities to gain knowledge and skills necessary to get and keep employment through participation in work programs and education/training activities such as GED and Basic Skills Education, English as a Second Language, Apprenticeship and Internship Training programs. The SNAP E&T program is available in all 75 counties.
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|SNAP Application Form|
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|SNAP Quick Reference Guide|
|SNAP Change Report|
|SNAP Semi-annual Reporting Guide|
|Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Card Information|
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If you get SNAP and want to gain new skills or participate in one of the educational or training programs mentioned above, just tell your DHS eligibility worker or reach out to one of our E&T providers listed here.
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SNAP Non-discrimination Statement
In accordance with the Federal civil rights law and U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
Mail: U. S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
Fax: (202) 690-7442; or Email: email@example.com
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
SNAP Program Penalties
You may lose your benefits or be subject to criminal prosecution for knowingly providing false information.
- Do not give false information or hide information to get benefits that your household should not get.
- Do not use SNAP or EBT cards that are not yours and do not let someone else use yours.
- Do not use SNAP benefits to buy nonfood items such as alcohol or cigarettes or to pay on credit cards.
- Do not trade or sell SNAP or EBT cards for illegal items; such as firearms, ammunition or controlled substance (illegal drugs).
Any household member who breaks any of the SNAP rules on purpose can be barred from the SNAP Program for one year to permanently, fined up to $250,000, imprisoned up to 20 years or both. She/he may also be subject to prosecution under other applicable Federal and State laws. She/he may also be barred from the SNAP Program for an additional 18 months if court ordered.
Any household member who intentionally breaks the rules may not get SNAP for one year for the first offense, two years for the second offense, and permanently for the third offense.
If a court of law finds you or any household member guilty of using or receiving SNAP benefits in a transaction involving the sale of a controlled substance, you or that household member will not be eligible for benefits for two years for the first offense, and permanently for the second offense.
If a court of law finds you or any household member guilty of having used or received benefits in a transaction involving the sale of firearms, ammunition or explosives, you or that household member will be permanently ineligible to participate in the SNAP Program upon the first offense of this violation.
If a court of law finds you or any household member guilty of having trafficked benefits for an aggregate amount of $500 or more, you or that household member will be permanently ineligible to participate in the SNAP Program upon the first offense of this violation.
If you or any household member is found to have given a fraudulent statement or representation with respect to identity (who they are) or place of residence (where they live) to receive multiple SNAP benefits, you or that household member will be ineligible to participate in the SNAP Program for a period of 10 years.