SNAP Benefits

Food Stamps, also known as SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, provides food assistance to low-income individuals and households through an electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card known as the Horizon Card.

People can apply for Food Stamps online or fill out a paper application at a DWS (Department of Workforce Services) office. If they are eligible, they will receive benefits on an EBT card.

Utahns Against Hunger works to connect eligible households to food stamps. Our Food Stamp Calculator is a quick-and-easy screening tool that allows people to determine if they may be eligible for Food Stamps if they apply. The Food Stamp Calculator does not make the final determination and is only a screening tool to estimate potential benefits.

You do not apply for food stamps with UAH, but with DWS, and we cannot process your application or see it after it has been submitted. However, there are several agencies in Utah that can provide assistance.

Find application help.  Find a store that accepts food stamps.

Expedited Food Stamps

Normally, food stamp applications are processed within 30 days. You can receive your food stamp benefits in 7 days, if:

  • You are in a household whose combined monthly gross income and liquid assets are less than the household’s monthly utilities and rent/mortgage.
  • You are in a household with less than $150 in monthly gross income and have less than $100 cash on hand.

No verification is required at the time of application. The regular application process must be completed for benefits to continue past the first month. Same day benefit issuance is possible for people who already have an EBT card.

Fun Fact: Food stamps can also be used to buy seeds and plants that produce food for human consumption!

Student Food Stamp Fact Sheet

A quick look at what’s available for hungry college students

This fact sheet is a great resource for college aged students and adults. It covers food stamps specific rules for college aged students, tips for living on a tight budget, Utah colleges that have food pantries, and food coops.

Download the Fact Sheet

Need Food Help?

See our Emergency Food Resources. There you can find resources to get food in 15 different regions statewide. Or contact us if you have any questions.

Watch this Center on Budget and Policy Priorities video called “Making America Stronger: the U.S. Food Stamp Program” to learn more about Food Stamps/SNAP.