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Food Stamps and Saving More


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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)


What is SNAP? Am I eligible? How do I apply? How much will I get monthly if accepted? How is money allocated? Where do I shop? What exactly can I buy from the store with my benefits? Who do I contact if I have any questions or concerns? This articles should give you some of the answers you are looking for.


SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, which is administered by both the state of Idaho and the federal government. There are people struggling and in need of help all throughout the state of Idaho. From cities like Boise, Nampa, Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Soda Springs, Cascade, Idaho City, Kuna, Eagle, Hayden and Moscow- there are people that are looking for help to bring food to their tables. Thousands of residents are currently receiving SNAP benefits on a month-to-month basis and so can you.


How Do I Know if I am Eligible?


In order to get food stamp benefits, you have to apply and meet certain eligibility requirements. So who is eligible? Here are some of the eligibility requirements that determine if you are accepted into the program:


  • Are you a citizen or a legal immigrant
  • Are you a resident of the state of Idaho
  • Your household income must meet the income limits based on your household size.
  • You must work or even participate in employment and/or training programs- there are exceptions to this rule.


Here are the monthly income limits you need to meet:


Household Size is 1. Gross Income is $1,245.
Household Size is 2. Gross Income is $1,681.
Household Size is 3. Gross Income is $2,116.
Household Size is 4. Gross Income is $2,552.
Household Size is 5. Gross Income is $2,987.
Household Size is 6. Gross Income is $3,423.
Household Size is 7. Gross Income is $3,858.
Household Size is 8. Gross Income is $4,294.
Each member after 8, add $436 to your gross income.


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Where Do I Apply for Idaho SNAP Benefits


You are able to fill out an application to receive SNAP benefits online here.


This form will give you more details about the program, along with the form you will need to fill out and where to find your local offices. You can also find out more information about the program on the Health and Welfare Idaho government site.


Next Steps in the Food Stamp Application Process


An interview will be set up between you and a local SNAP representative to go over your details. You will need to bring paperwork confirming your identity (such as driver's license and/or passport), proof of residency (renter's agreement or mortgage paperwork) and income (pay stubs). You will also need to bring any other paperwork pertaining to expenses- child support papers, utilities, etc. You will also need to bring your social security card.


The interview will be an in person encounter, unless you have a legitimate reason why you cannot perform an in office interview. If you cannot, a phone interview can be arranged.


When Do the Benefits Roll In?


Once you are accepted into the program, you should receive your SNAP benefits within 30 days from when you first apply for SNAP. Once your application is received, if it is seen that you need immediate assistance, you could receive benefits much sooner through emergency funds.


How are Benefits Allotted?


Your monthly benefits will be placed on a debit card, also known as an EBT card. In the state of Idaho, this is referred to as the Idaho Quest Card. You can use this debit card at any store that accepts SNAP. You can only use the funds on food products sanctioned by the program and also plants and seeds that you can grow in your own home to grow foods. You are not able to buy household items, alcohol, cigarettes, magazines and pet foods with the debit card.


Combining SNAP and Coupons


Learn how to shop smarter by incorporating coupons into your shopping. Your food stamp benefits may not fully cover what you need and this is where Grocery Coupon Network comes in. Search for local Idaho stores to find great coupons in your area. Find deals on fruits and vegetable at your local famers market. Learn great tips on how to shop with a toddler or when you're on a diet.


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