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How do I apply for Food Stamps online?
The Food Stamp program is now called SNAP. The SNAP acronym stands for; the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program.
What are the steps to apply for Food Stamps in Mobile Alabama?
1. Locate your local SNAP Office.
2. Make sure that you qualify.
3. Complete your application online or in person.
4. Schedule your interview (in most cases).
Applications are always free. For over 40 years, the federal Food Stamp Program, now officially named SNAP – the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – has served as a mainline federal social assistance program designed to help low-income families and individuals buy the food they need for good health. The SNAP (Food Stamp) program now helps put nutritious food on the tables of 28 million people every month.
Are You Eligible for SNAP Food Stamps?
Eligibility for SNAP food stamps depends on the applicant household’s resources and income. Household resources include things like bank accounts and vehicles. However, certain resources are NOT counted, such as a home and lot, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the resources of people who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF, formerly AFDC), and most retirement plans. In general, individuals who work for low wages, are unemployed or work part-time, receive public assistance, are elderly or disabled and have a small income, or are homeless may be eligible for food stamps.
Expedited benefits mean that you may receive benefits within seven days. We suggest you go in person to your local DTA office to apply for Food Stamps or SNAP.
To be eligible for expedited benefits, you must meet one of these three criteria:
Income and money in the bank add up to less than the monthly housing expenses
Monthly income is less than $150, and money in the bank is less than $100
The applicant is a migrant worker, and money in the bank is less than $100
If you believe you are eligible for expedited benefits but don’t get them, you have a right to a conference with a DTA supervisor. A Food Stamp application is completely different than a Section 8 application
Do I need to be working to apply for SNAP?
No. Certain SNAP recipients may have to enroll in a job search program a few months after their benefits begin; however, many SNAP applicants do not.
I own my own home. Does this mean I cannot get SNAP?
No. In fact, the costs associated with owning your home are used as deductions in determining your eligibility. The home you live in is not considered an asset. Applying for SNAP does not mean that you are trying to apply for section 8. Learn more about who uses SNAP and how to get it online.
I am not a US Citizen. Can I apply for SNAP?
Yes. Many non-citizens are eligible for SNAP. Receiving SNAP will have no impact on your application for citizenship and/or a green card. If you do not have documented immigration status, you will not be able to apply for yourself, but you may be able to apply for other eligible household members. Children born in the US may receive benefits even if their parents apply for Food Stamps or do not have documentation.
Learn more about SNAP benefits for immigrants.
I am homeless. Can I apply for SNAP?
Yes. A permanent address is not required to apply for SNAP. You can get benefits whether you live on the street, are staying in a shelter, or are living with family or friends on a temporary basis. Homeless individuals and families who do not have regular shelter expenses can claim an automatic deduction from their income.
Do I have to go into the office to apply for food stamps?
You may also email or fax your application, or apply for food stamps online. Your Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) caseworker will call you to schedule an interview over the phone. Learn more about how to apply for SNAP.
I live with other people. Do I have to put their names on my application?
Yes. If you buy and prepare food with the people you live with, you all apply together. If you do not, you apply separately, but you would still need to put their names on your application. Some people must always apply together, including spouses and children under 22 living with a parent or step-parent.
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