Last Updated on January 27, 2023 by Anne-Sophie Reinhardt
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programme (SNAP), which helps low-income families purchase the food they need to eat a nutritious diet, is available. Arkansas SNAP provides electronic benefits to eligible families that can replace cash for food. The program provides food assistance as well as nutrition education, training and experience for SNAP beneficiaries.
What Is SNAP?
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), formerly known under the Food Stamp Program, offers food benefits, access and education in food preparation and nutrition for low-income households. The benefits, which are a type of ATM card and electronic card, can be used to purchase eligible food at authorized retail food shops.
SNAP is the largest domestic hunger safety net program. Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), a state agency that works with nutrition educators and neighborhood and faith-based groups, ensures that all those who are eligible for nutrition assistance can make informed choices about how to apply and have access to benefits.
Eligibility Requirements For SNAP In Arkansas
These eligibility requirements are required for SNAP assistance program in Arkansas.
- Arkansas Legal Resident
- US Citizen or lawful permanent resident
- Show proof of identity
- Be sure to follow certain income guidelines
- There are less than 2,250 resources
Arkansas requires all SNAP participants 18-49 years old without dependents to work at minimum 20 hours per week in order to maintain their benefits for SNAP beyond the three month time limit.
Income Limit For Food Stamps In Arkansas
Arkansas food stamps are available to most families with a gross income of at least 130% of the federal poverty line, which is approximately $2,380 per month for a family of three.
Application For SNAP Benefits In Arkansas
You can apply online for SNAP benefits via ACCESS Arkansas, or in person at your local DHS County office. In either case, applicants must complete an interview to determine their eligibility.
You will be approved for SNAP and receive an EBT Card. This card allows you to access SNAP benefits electronically.
If you don’t have Internet access or need additional help applying for SNAP benefits, contact the Alliance’s SNAP-ARK Call Center at 1-833-762-7275 from (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) Monday-Wednesday-Friday, (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) Tuesday-Thursday. An operator in Spanish is available five days a week.
Other Ways SNAP Helps
SNAP Matters In Arkansas
The SNAP Outreach Team holds workshops to explain the basics of SNAP. This session helps individuals, businesses, community agencies, and community members to understand SNAP and its benefits for them, their community, and the local economy. The workshop lasts 30 minutes and includes a question-and answer session.
SNAP Outreach Training Classes
Businesses and organizations who work with clients, students, or patients that may be eligible for SNAP training can receive intensive support. Staff and volunteers will gain the knowledge and tools they need to help individuals and families complete SNAP applications. The Outreach Training classes usually take two hours.