If you live in the state of Arizona and you or your family cannot afford to buy food, you may qualify for food assistance through the department of Economic Security (DES). There are currently about 46 million people on Food Stamps in the United State. In some states like Tennessee, Mississippi and Oregon, roughly one in five people are on food stamps. There is therefore no shame in applying for food assistance if you cannot afford to buy food. In this article, we will walk you through the Arizona food stamps online application process (you can also apply in person and we will show you how) and how to submit a successful application. We will review the guidelines for qualification and also review what happens once you are approved.
Qualification Guidelines for Food Stamps In Arizona
To be approved for food stamps in Arizona, you have to meet the following guidelines (click on the image to enlarge it and then click on the “back” link to return to the article)
Of all the guidelines for food stamps approval, the income guideline is the most important. The income requirement is based on your household income. You have to meet both the gross income requirement and the net income requirement as shown below.
As you can see, if you are applying by yourself, your gross income cannot be more than $1,287 to qualify. And your net income cannot be more than $990 to qualify. The table below shows the deductions you are allowed to take from your gross income to arrive at your net income.
Apply for Food Stamps in Arizona
There are two ways you can submit an application for food stamps in Arizona. The Arizona food stamps online application is the easiest. You can apply online here – through the healthearizona.org website or you can visit a Department of Economic Security (DES) office location to submit an application in person. For a DES food stamps office near you and phone number, click here.
Once you apply for food stamps, you will be invited for an interview to review your application and make sure it’s complete. They will also review your income information to confirm that you qualify. If your interview is successful and are approved for food stamps, the table below will show you how much you could get in monthly benefits. Again, this is based on your income and number of people in your household.
Receive Your EBT Card
Once you are approved, you will be mailed a Food Stamps Card, which is also called an Arizona EBT Card. Each month, your food stamps allocation will be deposited into your EBT account. You will then use the EBT card to purchase food on the approved food list.
We hope this article has been helpful. If you have any questions about Arizona food stamps online application process, please ask us below in the comments section. If you are experiencing problems applying, let us know in the comments section below.