1. Submit an application for expedited food stamps
Fill out your Application for Food Stamps, Cash, or Medical Assistance online. You can also print out a copy of the application or fill one out at your local DHS office. These offices are also known as Family Community Resource Centers (FCRC).
You should file your application at your FCRC. You can find your nearest FCRC using the online office locator. If you do not know where your FCRC is or if you are unable to go there, you can call the automated helpline 24 hours a day at: (800) 843-6154 or (800) 447-6404 (TTY). You may speak to a representative between 8:00 A.M. and 5:30 P.M. Monday through Friday except holidays.
Be sure to sign your application.
2. Go to your interview
Once you've turned in a completed application, DHS must interview you either that day, or the next workday. After your interview with a caseworker, DHS will make a decision on your application. Be sure to attend your scheduled interview.
3. Supply additional information
You should try to submit all of the information which shows your household's income, expenses, and resources to DHS within five days after you turn in the application.
If this is not possible, your food stamps may still be approved as long as your identity is verified by DHS. Be sure to bring a form of identification, like a driver's license or state ID.
4. If your application is approved
If you are approved for expedited food stamps, DHS should give you the food stamps within 5 days from when you apply. Usually, you will be given a LINK card which will have the food stamps on it.