Last Updated on October 5, 2023 by Lori Pace
Arizona Nutrition Assistance Program (or SNAP) offers low-income families the opportunity to purchase healthy food using their Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards. The benefits can be used to purchase eligible food at authorized retail food shops.
The household income and size will affect the amount of benefits received. A single mother working full-time and having two children may be eligible for up to $407 per month in Nutrition Assistance benefits.
What Is SNAP?
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), provides food assistance, education on food preparation and nutrition, and access to benefits for low-income households in the form of an ATM card or electronic card. These benefits can be used to purchase eligible food items at authorized retail food stores.
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 Arizona
To be eligible for the Nutrition Assistance Program in Arizona, you need to meet these eligibility requirements:
- Arizona: Live and Work
- You can be a US Citizen, or a lawful permanent residence
- Show proof of identity
- Respect certain income guidelines
- You have less than $5,000 of resources
All SNAP recipients in Arizona must comply with the ABAWD work rules and the general SNAP work rules to be eligible. ABAWDs that are not exempt are restricted to three months of eligibility each 36 months.
Application For Food Stamps (SNAP) in Arizona
You can apply online via Health E-Arizona, in person at your local offices or by calling (855) 432-7587 for a paper application to be mailed to. Go to Find an Assistor. Enter your ZIP Code to locate local community helpers.
Getting Emergency Food Stamps In Arizona
Contact DES directly if you have an urgent need for food. If you are eligible, they may be able expedite your benefits.
You can visit any TEFAP Food Distribution site (“Food Pantries”) in your area if you are not eligible for Nutrition Assistance benefits or need assistance with food during application. TEFAP eligibility for emergency food assistance is based upon self-declaration and does not require a formal interview.
Documents You’ll Need For SNAP Application in Arizona
DES makes use of all available resources to verify the information. These verifications will help speed up the processing of your application. You will need to provide proof of identity, such as a driver’s license, passport or birth certificate.
Verifications (If Applicable):
- All applicants who are currently working must provide proof of earned income.
- Documentation proving self-employment income. If your business has been in operation for less than 12 months, you must provide all income over the past 12 months. If you have expenses for self-employment, they require at least one receipt
- Unearned income is evidence of the amount received in this and last months, such as social security, unemployment, gifts, loans or child support.
- Non-U.S. citizens: A proof of lawful permanent residence, such as an alien registration card.
Proof of Expenses may be beneficial:
- Documentation of proof of rent or mortgage expense.
- Documentation of utility expenses, such as electricity, garbage and gas, telephone, coal, or coal.
- When you need to have childcare taken care of while you are at work, you will need proof. When you transport your child from or to the provider’s place, provide a statement.
- Documentation proving legal obligation and payment for court-ordered child support
- Proof of medical expenses (People with Disabilities)
- Payments of court-ordered child maintenance this month and last month