Written by Maria Jackson
The food stamp assistance program in Kentucky is call the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). It is administered through the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. SNAP is designed to help Kentucky residents continue to purchase food when they would otherwise have little to no money to do so.
People like you all over Kentucky, from Louisville to Lexington to Bowling Green, are using food stamps to help make ends meet. Learn more about eligibility requirements and how you can apply for these benefits today.
You must be a U.S. citizen or approved legal foreign resident and a resident of Kentucky to receive food assistance benefits. If you are between 16 and 60 years of age and don't meet other exemptions, you must also be registered to work and accept suitable job opportunities.
Your household must also meet certain income and resource requirements. A household will include your spouse and your children, though children over 21 living with their parents may qualify for their own food stamp benefits.
Your household cannot have more than $2,000 in assets, or $3,000 if someone in your household is 60 or older. There may be certain exceptions as to what counts as an "asset." You can ask about these during the application process.
Your household income will also determine whether you are eligible for SNAP benefits. When calculating your income, your wages will be used, but certain expenses, like utilities and rent, may be deducted. Currently, the income limits for Kentucky households are as follows:
For households larger than 8, add $4,862 for each additional person.
You can apply for food stamp assistance in Kentucky by filling out the online SNAP application or printing the application out and and mailing it in to the Family Support office. You also have the option of going to the office and applying in person.
You can find your local Family Support Office by searching the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services website by the county you live in.
Once the Family Support Office receives your application, they will schedule either an in person or telephone interview with you to complete your application.
After the application process is complete, you will find out if you will receive food stamp benefits within 30 days and the amount of benefits you will receive.
You can also get assistance in applying for SNAP benefits by calling 855-306-8959.
Depending on how quickly you need assistance, you may be able to get your food stamp benefits within a few days after you've applied. In order to get Kentucky SNAP benefits right away, you will need to meet one of the following requirements:
You should know that you are also entitled to a hearing if your benefits are denied if you believe the decision is unfair.
Once you have been approved for food stamp benefits, they will be deposited to your SNAP account on a monthly basis and you can spend them with a debit-like card, called an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card, that you can use in any store that accepts the EBT card.
Remember that you can use your food stamp benefits to buy food items, but not hot, already prepared foods. You also cannot use food stamps to purchase items like alcohol, tobacco, or other non-food items.
Even with food stamp assistance, you will want to save as much of your money as possible to cover your expenses. One way you can do this is by using online grocery coupons in combination with your food stamp benefits.
Grocery Coupon Network has thousands of printable coupon options online. They even have coupons that are specific to local stores like KMart.
You can even watch for tips on how to coupon to learn techniques to really maximize your savings.
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