Food Stamps FAQ

We usually get hundreds of emails each month from our readers about various topics regarding food stamps and EBT. We decided to set up this FAQ page to address the most common Food Stamps Questions we get.

We will continue to add to this page as more questions come in.

"Food Stamps Questions and Answers"

Food Stamps FAQ

Here are the most frequently asked food stamps questions:

What Happens After I Apply?

In most cases, once you submit your application, your State agency or local Food Stamps office will process it and send you a notice telling you whether or not you are eligible for benefits within 30 days.

During the 30 days, you will need to complete an eligibility interview and provide verification of the information you submitted during the application.

The interview is typically completed over the telephone or in-person.

If you are approved for benefits, the start date for your benefits will be the date you submitted your application.

How Will I receive Food Stamps?

If you are approved for Food Stamps, you will receive your benefits on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, which works like a debit card.

Your benefits are automatically loaded into your account each month. You can use your EBT card to eligible foods at authorized food stores and retailers.

How long will I receive Food Stamps?

After you are approved for food stamps, you will receive a notice that tells you how long you will receive benefits for. This is called your certification period.

Before your certification period ends, you will receive another notice that says you must recertify to continue receiving benefits.

Your local Food Stamps office will provide you with information about how to recertify.

What If My Application is Denied?

If your application for food stamps is denied and you disagree with the decision, you can request a hearing with an official who will review the facts of your case in a fair and objective manner.

You must request a hearing within 90 days of the day your local Food Stamps office denied your application.

Your hearing can be conducted over the phone, in writing or in person at your local Food Stamps office.