1. Fill out a SNAP application
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 Department of Human Services (DHS) office. These offices are also known as Family Community Resource Centers (FCRC).
There is also an application for emergency or expedited SNAP benefits if you are in an emergency situation and cannot wait 30 days to receive benefits.
2. Submit your application
After completing and signing the application, you must mail, fax, or hand-deliver it back to the DHS Office. Once your application is received, you will be asked to go to the office for an interview. Most interviews are done in person, but can be done by telephone if you are unable to leave your home.
At your interview, or soon after, you will need to provide DHS with documentation of your identity, residence, income, assets, and expenses. This may include pay stubs, utility bills, rent receipts, etc. Depending on your circumstances, additional documentation may be required.
3. Wait 30 days to get a decision
Once your application is processed, you will get a written decision telling you if you have been approved for food stamps, and if so, what amount you will receive.
4. Get your LINK card
Once you are approved for food stamps, your household will get a LINK card which has the food stamps on it. Every month food stamps will be electronically placed on the card.
You may need to report certain things to DHS after you start getting your food stamps. You will need to report any change that could impact your SNAP eligibility or the amount of SNAP you receive, within 10 days of the change.