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Apply For Food Stamps Online

(Last Updated On: October 8, 2021)

Food Stamps or SNAP benefits is a federally funded program that offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families. The program is run by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Department works with State agencies, nutrition educators, and neighborhood and faith-based organizations to ensure that those eligible for nutrition assistance are able to easily apply for benefits and are provided the help they need to get food assistance. In this article, we will show you how to apply for food stamps online in all 50 states. 

Once you are approved for food stamps, you will receive benefits for a certain period of time. This is called your “certification period.” You will have to re-certify periodically to continue receiving food stamps.

Your caseworker will let you know how long your certification period is and when you will need to recertify.

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Apply for Food Stamps Online

If you need food stamps, you have to apply through your state’s agency in charge of the program. Click on your state below to learn more about how to apply for Food Stamps in your state. About 42 states offer the ability to apply for food stamps online. Select your state from the list below to apply for Food Stamps. We are working to provide information for all 50 states soon. 

Do I Qualify For Food Stamps?

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To be eligible for Food Stamps, your household must meet certain criteria, including resource and income eligibility guidelines. There are also employment requirements that must be considered before you apply. If you are elderly or disabled, there are specific rules that apply. Also, you have to be a US Citizen to apply for SNAP benefits, however, legal immigrants in special categories may be able to apply. For more on this, see our food stamps eligibility requirements.

Do I Qualify For Other Federal Food Assistance Benefits?

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the USDA administers 15 domestic nutrition assistance programs which together comprise the Nation’s food safety net. They include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP (formerly the Food Stamp Program); National School Lunch Program (NSLP); Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC); Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program; and the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), among others. Visit their website to see if you qualify for other food assistance programs based on your current household situation. The video below tells you a little more about all the programs FNS offers.

If you have any other questions on how to apply for food stamps online, please provide your question in the comments section below and we will point you in the right direction. Also, if you are having issues applying for food assistance, we would like to know. Provide a detailed explanation of the problems you are experiencing so we can do some research and provide blog posts about those issues to the benefit of all our readers. Be sure to provide your state information so we know which state agency to contact.

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James Parker

Monday 4th of May 2020

I'm a 54 yrs old older guy on SSDI and I need to apply for food stamps, A.S.A.P. Please help me.

Food Stamps Expert

Wednesday 27th of May 2020

Hi James, what state do you live in?

ruchelle clouse

Thursday 23rd of April 2020

I'm having problems getting the application finished ibget about some and it just says down loading and it wont go to the next pageb to submit the application I been trying to get it done for 2 weeks

Food Stamps Expert

Wednesday 27th of May 2020

Hi Ruchelle, if you are having trouble applying online, we suggest printing the paper application and mailing it into you your local office for processing.


Wednesday 22nd of April 2020

We need help for food

Sharon Cross

Saturday 18th of April 2020

Hi I'm Sharon, trying to recieve food stamps tennessee.

Shantae Jackson

Tuesday 27th of November 2018

My name is Shantae Jackson and I need some Disaster Foodstamps. I been very hungry for a year now and I need some survival help to eat. so will you please help me and send them right away. Thanks!

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