Written by Maria Jackson
All Tennessee residents, such as those living in Memphis, Knoxville and Nashville, can apply for food stamps if they are eligible. Residents of all counties, including Shelby, Davidson, Knox and Hamilton can go to their local offices to apply for these benefits today.
People who are low income or unemployed may be eligible for food stamp assistance so that they can keep putting food on the table. There should be no shame or stigma in applying for and using food stamp assistance. No one should have to go hungry during a time of need.
You are not alone. There are probably more people than you think using food stamp assistance. For example, according to the latest data, 11,961 households were using food stamp assistance in Montgomery county. In Davidson county, 130,679 individuals and 64,857 households were participating in Tennessee food stamp benefits - and this is just a small sample!
In order to be eligible for food stamps in Tennessee, you must:
There is no age limit for eligibility and you may also be allowed some income deductions.
Other factors could affect your food stamp assistance eligibility, so be sure to check with your local county office.
To receive food stamp assistance, you must apply for it. Where you apply will depend on which county you live in.
Tennessee residents can apply for food stamps at their local Department of Human Services county office. Once you find your local office, you can go there and fill out an application. Bring ID and the documentation listed below. Don't forget that you can always call your local county office before you go to make sure you have what you need.
You can also download a copy of the application and fill it out before you go to save time.
You may also be able to apply online, so be sure to check the Tennessee Department of Human Services website for your options.
Once you have applied, you should be notified by mail of your eligibility within 45 days of your application date.
When applying for food stamps, you will have to show identification and documentation to show proof of your identity and proof of your residency. This documentation can include check stubs, your birth certificate, social security card, utility bills, tax returns or bank statements, and other forms of ID. Be sure to ask your local office what you need.
You can also call the Family Assistance Service Center at 1-866-311-4287 if you have any questions.
The Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) system is an online system in Tennessee used to electronically store food assistance benefits and benefits recipients can use a card to access those benefits. The EBT card gives users an easy way to use their food stamp benefits without having to make repeated trips to their local county office. The EBT card works like a debit card that you can use when making eligible food purchases.
You can watch this video to learn more about how the EBT system works.
When you go grocery shopping, you can bring your EBT card along with grocery coupons to maximize your benefits.
By using coupons in combination with food stamps, you will be able to save even more of your hard-earned money. This can allow you to take care of bills and other necessities while putting healthy meals on the table. Grocery Coupon Network has made it easy for you to find coupons for what you need.
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Be sure to take advantage of all available resources to keep your family healthy and get the relief you need.
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