Step 1 (optional): Take the self-assessment test here to see if you are eligible before applying.
Step 2: Apply in one of the following ways:
- Apply online here.
- Call 1-888-369-4777 to apply over the phone.
Note: For assistance, please call 1-888-369-4777.
Applying For Kansas Food Stamps
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) was tailored to assist families who don’t have the money to pay for their food every month. In 2010 alone, SNAP benefited more than 40 million men, women and children obtain enough to eat.
Everyone within the United States can apply for food stamps, regardless of their background, race, gender, or religious beliefs. In the year 2008, folks getting assistance from SNAP averaged $101 in food assistance each month.
For you to become accepted into the food stamp program, you have to meet some monetary and situational requirements. Throughout the application process, and interview, you will need to have particular documents available.
Kansas Food Stamps Requirements
In many cases, if you are under 60 years old, it is a requirement for you to not have any greater than $2,000 in assets. If a person within your household, or you, are at least sixty years old, then the limit is brought up to $3,000. Assistance from TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program), or SSI (Supplemental Security Income), will not count as assets when applying for food stamps. Resources which do count towards your total assets include cash, money saved in a bank account and in some cases a vehicle.
A particular requirement is that you have to meet a specific income limit, that’s dependent on what kind of money you are earning and how many individuals you’ve got currently living with you in your household.
The sum of your expenses is also factored in. Child care, elderly care, rent, mortgage, and utilities are expenditures that are factored in. If you have medical related expenses, these might also be looked at.
An EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card is supplied to those who are found eligible and pass the application and interview process. An EBT card is very much like a debit card and can be used at most food stores, as well as a number of qualifying convenience stores or farmers markets.
In Kansas, the EBT card that each food stamps user receives is called the Vision card. The Vision card is a faster and easier way to access food stamp benefits. There is absolutely no charge when a Vision card is used to either the store or the food stamp user.
Don’t Forget To Set Your PIN!
When you first acquire your Vision card, you will need to set a pin number. When you are ready to purchase your food, you must have a pin number to complete the transaction. Without a pin number, your Vision card is worthless. To set your pin number, either follow the directions that come with your EBT card or contact your local office for more instructions.
What Happens To Unused Benefits?
If you do not use your benefits in part or in whole during the month, the benefits will be added to the amount you receive the next month.