How To Apply For Alabama Food Stamps

June 18, 2012

Step 1 (optional): Check to find out if you are eligible to receive food stamps here.

Step 2: Apply for Alabama food stamps (SNAP) in one of the following ways.

  • Print out an application here. (requires adobe acrobat reader).
  • Request an application to be mailed to you from your local DHS office.
  • Go to your local DHS office to fill out an application in person.
  • Apply online here.

Step 3: Once you have completed your application, mail or deliver it to your local Department of Human Services (DHS).

Note: Click here to find your local DHS office.

 


How Long Will It Take For My Food Stamps Application To Be Processed?

Once you have completed your food stamps application to the best of your ability, you will receive a notice within a maximum of 30 days. If your caseworker finds that your income is well below average, you may receive notice within 1 week to ensure that you receive food stamps as soon as possible. Once you application has been reviewed, you will be asked for an interview to make sure all of the information is correct. The interview is also a great time to ask any questions you may have.

Applying For Alabama Food Stamps

Food stamps, or SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) as it is currently technically called, was established to assist those living in the U.S. that are undergoing difficulty buying food items because they’re generating a low income. In 2010 alone, SNAP served more than 40 million men, women and children get enough to eat.

Lower income families located in Alabama can submit an application for food stamps benefits no matter what their race, sex, religious beliefs, or background is. The typical Alabamian was given $101/month through the SNAP program in 2008, allowing them to buy bread, dairy, various meats, vegetables, fruits and even garden seeds.

There are particular specifications an individual has to satisfy to be permitted to receive help from the food stamp program. Furthermore, there are a few documents an candidate is going to need throughout the food stamps application and interview process.

One particular prerequisite that pertains to many, is that you can not own any greater than $2,000 in assets if you are below 60 years old. If you or another person within your house is not less than 60 years old, that limit is increased to $3,000. TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program) or SSI (Supplemental Security Income), aren’t regarded as assets when you’re applying for food stamps. What is counted as assets is any cash you possess, money you have saved in a bank account, or your automobile (in some circumstances).

A particular requirement is that you have got to match a specific income limit, that’s dependent on what kind of money you are earning and how many people you’ve got presently residing with you in your household.

How much your expenses are will also be looked at when asking for SNAP benefits. Child care, elderly care, rent, mortgage, and utilities are expenditures that will be considered. If you have medical related bills, these could also be looked at.

An EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card is supplied to those which are found eligible and pass the application and interview process. The EBT card is used similar to a debit card to purchase food items at particular grocery stores, convenience stores, or possibly farmer markets.

About Alabama’s EBT Program

Alabama adopted the ebt cards over the paper food stamps in 1997. Having a electronic benefits card not only saved the state paper resources, but it also saved mailing costs, and the people of Alabama saved some of their dignity. No one wants to go to a cash register bearing cards full of stamps for everyone to see. An EBT card looks just like a debit card and is not conspicuous.

How many food benefits dollars do I have left on my Alabama EBT card?

Knowing how much money you have left on your EBT card is very important for a couple of reasons. First because you must know your budget when you go grocery shopping to make sure that you can afford all of the food you are buying. There are few things more embarrassing than having to send food back at the register because you went over you limit. The second reason you should know the amount of benefits you have left on your EBT card is to make sure that you are not accidentally losing money each time you go shopping. Making sure that the amount on your receipt matches the amount on your card can save you lost stamps if you discover there was an error at the register. To find out how much money is on your Alabama EBT card, click here or call the number on the back of your EBT card.

How Long Will It Take For My Food Stamps Application To Be Processed?

Once you have completed your food stamps application to the best of your ability, you will receive a notice within a maximum of 30 days. If your caseworker finds that your income is well below average, you may receive notice within 1 week to ensure that you receive food stamps as soon as possible. Once you application has been reviewed, you will be asked for an interview to make sure all of the information is correct. The interview is also a great time to ask any questions you may have.

A Brief History Of Alabama Food Stamps

The Alabama food stamps program (now known as S.N.A.P. which stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) was started in April of 1997. Only three counties adopted the program in the beginning. Those pioneering counties were Russell, Montgomery and Jefferson. The remaining counties adopted the SNAP program during the following months.

In 2008, Alabama was awarded $600,000 to create an online application service for the growing numbers of food stamps applicants. The online application that many Alabamians use today was funded by that grant. The online application not only made applying to the SNAP program faster and easier, but it also saved resources such as paper and filing time.

In 2009, the total number of Alabamians on food stamps totaled 679,138. With such high numbers, Alabama realized the need for a more efficient application and communication system.

In 2011, The Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR) received a grant of over $400,000 for the Alabama food stamp program. The money was put to use bettering Alabama’s online DHS system to make food stamps easier to apply for and to create a more efficient line of communication from citizens to caseworkers.

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Ricky Haley December 21, 2011 at 6:20 am

My step daughter makes less than 15K per year and has 2 children. She has a traileron about 1 acre that is actually in her fathers name, but she pays no rent. Does she have to show that trailer as an asset? If so would that disqualify her from assistance?

admin January 9, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Hello Ricky,

Your stepdaughter’s trailer is considered her home by the US government and should not be counted as an asset when applying for food stamps. Even though she does not have to pay rent each month, the amount of money she makes with two children in the house will most likely qualify her for food stamp benefits.

To take a pre-screening test to help her determine whether or not she may qualify for food stamps, visit http://www.snap-step1.usda.gov/fns/index.jsp.

If she is ready to apply for food stamps, she can print out an application from http://dhr.alabama.gov/services/Food_Assistance/Documents/FA_Application_12-1-09.pdf.

Once she has completed the application, she can visit http://dhr.alabama.gov/counties/county_select.aspx to find the address of the DHS office in her county where her completed application can be mailed.

I hope this helps and if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to ask.

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