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Applying For Utah Food Stamps
Food stamps, or SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) as it is currently technically called, was established to help folks in the U.S. which are having difficulty buying food because they’re making a low income. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (also called food stamps) assists millions of persons. In fact, it aided over 40 million persons in the year 2010.
Any individual in the United States may apply for food stamps, regardless of their background, ethnicity, sex, or religious beliefs. The typical individual acquired $101/month through the SNAP program in 2008, making it possible for them to purchase bread, milk products, meat, produce, fresh fruits and even garden seeds.
Not surprisingly, if you want to get benefits from SNAP, there is a list of criteria which a person will have to satisfy. Furthermore, there are a few documents a candidate is going to need during the food stamps application and interview process.
If you are an able-bodied adult that is not pregnant, caring for a child under 6 six years of age, over 60 years old or working 30 hours a week or more, you will probably need to complete some extra requirements to receive food stamp benefits in Utah. These requirements are to ensure that individuals and families are helped to get back on their feet financially as soon as possible. If you do not qualify for any of the above mentioned exemptions, you will mostly likely need to write a plan of employment and be actively searching for work while on food stamps.
In many situations, if you are under 60 years old, it is a necessity for you to not have any greater than $2,000 in assets. Nonetheless, if you or some other individual in your home is 60 or higher, that limit raises to $3,000. Assistance from TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program), or SSI (Supplemental Security Income), will not be counted as assets when applying for food stamps. Although, cash, what is in a bank account, and potentially your current vehicle, will be counted as assets.
One more requirement is an income limit, that is impacted by the amount of people you have residing at your household while you are requesting for food stamps.
How much your expenses are will also be looked at when making a request for SNAP benefits. If you’re paying for child or elderly care, rent, mortgage, or utilities; all of those expenditures will be taken into consideration. In addition to that, there are also specific medical related expenditures that could add up towards your total expenses while applying for food stamps.
Persons that pass the requirements and have their application approved to start getting SNAP benefits, will be given an EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card. The EBT card is used similar to a debit card to purchase food items at certain grocery stores, convenience stores, or even farmer markets.
The Utah Horizon EBT Card
In Utah, the EBT card is called the Horizon card. Once you receive your card after you have been accepted, you will need to set a pin number. Without a pin number you will not be able to use your Horizon card when buying food.
How To Check Your Horizon Card Balance
It is important for users of food stamps to know how many benefits are on their Horizon card before they go shopping. While some stores are able to check for you, it saves a lot of hassle and helps you to budget your grocery spending more effectively when you know how many food stamp benefits you have to work with. To check your balance, look on the bottom of your last receipt if you have already used food stamps at least once during the month, or you can check your balance by calling (800)997-4444. This number is always open.
Horizon Card Help
If your Horizon card is lost, stolen, broken or if you need to change your pin number, call 800) 997-4444. An automated service will answer your call and you should be able to easily follow the prompts to resolve your problem within a matter of minutes.