Formally known as food stamps, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federal nutrition program that aims to help low-income individuals and families to buy food at authorized retailers. You may be eligible for SNAP if you are:
- Working for minimum wages
- Working part-time
- Elderly or disabled
- Receiving other public assistance/benefits
Applying for SNAP
Immigration Status: Anyone can apply for SNAP, regardless of immigration status. DWSS reviews applications on a case-by-case basis.
What will the amount of benefit be?
It depends on the specific conditions of the household.
Will there be an application fee and how long does the application process take?
The application, including the service that we provide, is completely free of charge. A decision should be made within 30 days of submission.
What information/documents may I have to provide?
You need to provide proof of the following information (if applicable):
– Nevada Residency
– Earned Income (e.g. Paystub)
– Unearned Income (e.g. Social Security Benefits)
– Out of States Benefits
– Resources (e.g. Bank Account, Retirement Account)
– Shelter Expenses (e.g. Rent and Utility Bill) and Educational Expenses
– Court Ordered Child Support
– Dependent Care (e.g. Sitter or Daycare Center Cost)
How to increase my likelihood of successful application?
According to DWSS, the most common denial reason is client non-cooperation, such as no-show to interview and missing verification documents. To be a successful applicant, you will need to provide necessary information and/or documents required by DWSS in a timely manner.
What if I don’t buy, prepare, and eat food with other people in my home?
People who buy, prepare, and eat food together need to apply for SNAP together. If you usually buy, prepare, and eat separately from others or intend to do so, you can be considered a separate food unit and apply on your own.
How are the benefits issued and will others know I’m receiving assistance?
Nevada issues SNAP benefits using an EBT account. An EBT card looks like a debit/credit card at the point of food purchase. This makes shopping with SNAP benefits easier than ever and most people will not know you are using SNAP benefits.
Where can I use my SNAP benefits?
Any USDA authorized retailers, including most chain supermarkets and convenience stores, accept SNAP benefits. For online groceries purchases, Walmart and Amazon are currently accepting SNAP benefits.
This material was partially funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Please call 1-800-992-0900 for more information. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.