Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federally-funded benefit program formerly known as "food stamps."
The benefits you'll get from SNAP are loaded onto an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, similar to a credit or debit card.
How to Get Food Benefits
Eligibility. To determine if you are eligible, gather information showing your income, rent or mortgage, utility bills, child support, daycare expenses, medical bills, Supplement Security Income (SSI), and Social Security or VA payments. You will need this information as part of the process qualifying for your state's food benefit program.
Eligibility: Before using the pre-screening eligibility tool, gather the amounts of your household’s earned, and unearned income including child support, unemployment benefits, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Special Milk Program (SMP) provides milk to children in schools and childcare institutions who do not participate in other federal meal service programs.
Eligibility: Your children may be eligible to receive free or reduced price lunch, breakfast, or milk if your household receives unemployment benefits, SNAP or TANF, or has an income that is just above or is below the poverty level.
If you need to file a complaint concerning your food stamps or attempt to get food stamps, the following resources can help.
Report a Complaint about SNAP Benefits
If you feel the amount of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits you receive are incorrect, contact your local field office by phone, mail, or in person to request a hearing. An impartial official (this person cannot be the caseworker or the caseworker's immediate supervisor) conducts the hearing and determines whether the caseworker handled the situation properly.
File a Complaint about a Caseworker or Office
If you feel that your caseworker is not properly handling your food stamp case, you can ask to speak with his/her supervisor and file a complaint if necessary. Each office has procedures for handling complaints.
Complain about a SNAP Retailer
To file a complaint against a SNAP retailer, you may:
Call the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) at 1-800-424-9121.