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If you want to apply for this, you have to follow the rules in your state. Each state has its own rules for getting this from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or “SNAP.” Sometimes, counties inside of states will have their own special rules for applying. The good news is that the form you have to fill out is usually similar. This is because the U.S. Department of Agriculture is in charge of the program requirements across the country.
What do you need to apply?
The first thing you should do is get your documents together. You have to give exact numbers for how much you make and for your ID, so you should get your documents ready as soon as you can.
Some of the most important documents you should have ready are:
- Your ID, like a driver’s license, state ID card, green card or passport.
- An age document, like a birth certificate, hospital records or a naturalization certificate.
- A document that proves you live in the state, like a rental agreement.
- A document that shows how much you earn and how much you have in the bank, like bank statements and a paycheck.
- A document that shows your military record.
You will have to give information and proof about what you earned outside of work, too. This can be:
- Child support payments.
- Foster care payments.
- Money in a standard savings account.
- Retirement savings.
- Education grants and loans.
- Veteran benefits.
- Social Security benefits, like Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
- You have to give information about all of these types of payments. This is how the government sees if you need benefits. But not all of these payments will be counted in your income. Child support, foster care and retirement savings payments will not be counted.
Next, you will be asked to give information about how much you spend every month. Get together things like your utility bills, medical bills and rental/mortgage bills to prove how much you spend.
How to Check on Your SNAP Application Status
Most states will let you check on your SNAP application status online. Log on to your state’s SNAP application site using your username and password.
Study About Our Interview
Most states will interview you about the information you gave on the application. The interview usually happens over the phone or in person. If you meet in person, someone from Our office will ask to see documents that back up the information you gave. They will ask any questions they have about your application, too.
How to Reactivate
If you want to keep getting this, you have to renew your application.