What is Required on a Food Stamps Application?

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  • Last Modified Date: 18 February 2020
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In order to apply for food stamps, one must provide all the information required on a food stamps application and submit it to one of the offices of the state agency designated by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to administer the food stamps program. Most of the information required on a food stamps application will be basic information about a person, including name and address, as well as amount and types of income. It will also ask how many people are living in the household, how many people are dependents, what the income is of the additional family members, and ages of the people living there. There may also be additional information required on a food stamps application, but those are the major items.

The goal of the food stamps program is to provide assistance for low-income families to buy staple food and drinks, like meat and milk. The assistance comes in the form of a debit card which is funded on a monthly basis. Since this is an expensive benefit for a state or federal government to provide, applicants are screened based on the income of a household. The data required on a food stamps application provides the necessary information to do the screening.


The food stamps program is formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. The USDA runs the program and uses individual state agencies to execute its mission. SNAP’s mission is to provide food to under-privileged adults and to protect the nourishment of the children living in those households. To apply for the program, one must submit all the information required on a food stamps application to the state agency which administers the program.

First, one must find out which state agency is responsible for providing funds for the program. It varies from state to state. For example, in Tennessee, it is the Department of Human Services. In Ohio, it is the Department of Job and Family Services. Once you know the state agency that administers the SNAP benefits, you can request a food stamps application from that agency. Some states even offer online applications.

All US states offer some kind of public assistance for low-income households in order to buy food. While the programs may be known under various titles throughout the US, they are most widely called “Food Stamps” because in the past, stamps were distributed to people as vouchers to purchase $1, $5 or $10 US Dollars (USD) worth of food and other items.



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