Food Stamps in Illinois

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program SNAP, formerly the Illinois Food Stamps, assists low-income people and families to buy food they need for good health. Benefits are provided via an Illinois Link Card, an electronic card that is accepted at most supermarkets. The Illinois Department of Human Services administers the food assistance program in Illinois.

Receiving Food Stamps in Illinois :

Most homes with low-income can receive SNAP benefits. The rules are complicated, so you must take care to review all details for eligibility carefully. The most vital factors to determine eligibility are:

-income expenses
-number of persons in the household

Your application must be reviewed by the DHS staff at the Family Community Resource Center. If you apply for benefits and are eligible, you will receive a notice of your eligibility.


A household may be eligible to receive SNAP benefits in Illinois if their monthly gross income does not surpass certain income limits.

Other rules to consider are:

-You are expected to work if possible and try to do so
-You may be asked for proof of certain information
-Changes in your situation must be reported
-Eligibility is reviewed from time to time