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.

 

Like many programs, SNAP has been dramatically affected by the response to COVID-19. Utahns Against Hunger has been monitoring how benefits, access to services, and eligibility have changed during the pandemic response, and will be tracking those changes here:

DWS Employment Centers: The physical locations of DWS employment centers remain closed until further notice, but customers can still contact their local employment offices, or apply for SNAP benefits online.

Maximum Benefit Supplement: During the crisis, households currently receiving less than the maximum SNAP benefit are eligible for the emergency benefit allotment, raising their monthly allotment to the maximum allowable limit.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and SNAP: Utahns currently receiving the $600 weekly supplement to unemployment insurance should be aware that this benefit does count towards income for the purposes of SNAP eligibility, and receiving those funds will impact eligibility for SNAP benefits. Other benefits may or may not be affected.

Time limits for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents: As part of the response to the COVID crisis, the USDA will not mandate the suspension of SNAP benefits of otherwise eligible SNAP recipients who exceed the previous 3 month restrictions on able-bodied adults without dependents. Adults currently enrolled in work or training programs related to their SNAP benefits will still be subject to restrictions based on those programs. 

 

To get an idea of whether you are eligible, you can check the income limits below.

You must apply for food stamps through DWS, not UAH, 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.

 

SNAP Income Eligibility Limits

Effective October 1, 2019*

Household Size Gross Monthly Income Limits - 130% of Poverty Net Monthly Income - 100% Poverty Maximum Monthly Benefit
1 $1,354 $1,041 $194
2 $1,832 $1,410 $355
3 $2,311 $1,778 $509
4 $2,790 $2,146 $646
5 $3,269 $2,515 $768
6 $3,748 $2,883

$921

For each additional household member add:

  +1      $479    $369 $146

* Source: Department of Workforce Services

 

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.