Food Stamp Program

The Food Stamp Program helps low-income individuals buy food.

To apply for the Food Stamp Program, you must complete the application for Food Stamp benefits. You can drop off, mail, fax or complete an application at a Family Support Division (FSD) Office.

In most cases, you will need to complete an interview and provide or help FSD get the requested documentation in order to process your Food Stamp application. You will typically know if you are eligible for Food Stamp benefits within 30 days. In some emergency cases, you can get Food Stamp benefits in seven days or less. To see if this applies to you, please review Section 2 of the Food Stamp application. You may also tell FSD the questions in this section apply to you when you submit your application.

You will receive an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card if needed upon applying for Food Stamp benefits or approval of Temporary Assistance benefits. Food Stamp benefits will not be loaded to the card unless the application is approved. This card is how you will receive and use your Food Stamp or Temporary Assistance benefits. Food Stamp benefits can only be used to buy food and food products including seeds and plants to grow food. Food Stamp benefits cannot be used to purchase:

  • Alcohol;
  • Tobacco;
  • Hot prepared foods;
  • Foods prepared to be immediately eaten;
  • Vitamins, medicine, supplements; or
  • Non-food items such as paper products, soap, or pet food.

Food Distribution Programs

The Family Support Division (FSD) provides food to help improve the health of children and needy adults. FSD distributes foods to summer food service programs for children, disaster relief agencies, and six non-profit food banks that provide emergency food assistance to food pantries and to community groups feeding those in need.

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