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Applying and Eligibility for the Utah Food Stamps Program


The Utah Food Stamps Program is administered through the Utah Department of Workforce Services (DWS). It is a benefits program that is dedicated to providing Utah residents with little to no income with assistance in purchasing healthy foods so that they don't have to go hungry.


You have several options for applying for the Food Stamps Program. You can fill out an online application, print an application and bring it to your local DWS office or pick up a paper copy at your local DWS office and fill it out there.


Once you have applied, you will have an interview with a DWS worker to complete your application and determine your eligibility.


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Utah Food Stamp Eligibility Requirements


Your eligibility for monthly food stamp benefits will depend on your ability to work, your income and assets, the number of people in your household and other factors.


Income and Asset Limits for Utah Food Stamp Benefits


Your household has to meet certain income and asset requirements in order to qualify for food stamps. The number of people in your household will affect your monthly benefit amounts.


A "household" could be many scenarios, including: just yourself, people you live with who buy their food separately or together, you and your spouse and children under 21, or living with someone with a disability. There can also be multiple households all living under the same roof.


You can talk to a DWS worker about what constitutes your household.


The current asset limits for households is $2000 or $3250 if one of the people in your household is age 60 or older.


The current Utah food stamp gross monthly income limits for households (not including households with a disabled member or person age 60 or older) are as follows:


  • For a household of 1: $1245
  • For a household of 2: $1681
  • For a household of 3: $2116
  • For a household of 4: $2552
  • For a household of 5: $2987
  • For a household of 6: $3423
  • For income limits on households larger than 6, please ask your local DWS office.


Utah Residency and Work Requirements


You must be a Utah resident, US citizen or legal immigrant, and have a Social Security Number. You must also be able to provide documentation to prove these requirements.


You must also meet certain work eligibility requirements if you do not fall under any exemptions. This means you must be registered to work, participate in Employment and Training Services, and you must not voluntarily quit or reduce your hours.


Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents


In Utah, adults between 18 and 49 years old who don't have children under 18 (Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents or ABAWDs) are only eligible for food stamp participation for 3 months out of a 36 month period. ABAWDs must also comply with work and employment training requirements unless they are somehow exempt.


If an ABAWD wants to continue receiving benefits past the initial 3-month period, the ABAWD must also be employed 80 hours a month or participate in an employment training activity that either consists of 20 hours a month of work training or of 24 hours a month at a work site.


Certain people are exempt from ABAWD requirements, including:


  • Pregnant women;
  • People or are medically certified as unable to work;
  • People receiving unemployment;
  • People responsible for the care of an incapacitated person;
  • Someone enrolled in a school or training program at least half-time or a student who meets the student eligibility qualifications;
  • Someone enrolled in an alcohol or drug treatment program;
  • Or someone living in a "distressed county" as determined by the DWS.


When Will You Get Your Food Stamps?


You should hear back about whether you are able to receive food stamps within 30 days of submitting your application. However, if you have an urgent need for food stamps before that time, you may be able to get them in as little as 7 days.


In order to get expedited food stamps in Utah, your household can't have more than $100 in liquid assets and $150 in monthly gross income. You may also qualify if you're a migrant or seasonal farm worker.


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Stretching Your Utah Food Stamp Benefits


The Utah.gov website has videos and online lessons on how to stretch your food stamp benefits even further.


If you're looking to save even more and make your food stamps last as long as possible, grocery coupons could be your answer.


Grocery Coupon Network makes it easy with thousands of online, printable coupons. Find them for your favorite local Utah grocery stores and popular stores like Target.


You can search for coupons for your favorite foods and combine them with your monthly food stamp benefits to make sure you're saving as much as possible.


You can also find delicious and nutritious recipes to use the food you buy and make meals your family will love.

 

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