In Alabama, the Food Assistance Division, which is part of the Department of Human Resources, administers the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The program aims to end hunger and improve nutrition by administering monthly benefits to eligible, low-income households that can be used to purchase food items. In order to apply for food stamps in the state of Alabama, you must fill out the application and either fax, mail or bring it to your local Department of Human Resources office. Use this tool to find a county office in your area. You may also opt to complete an online application by visiting MyAlabama.gov. You will need to register an account before proceeding.
In your application, you must provide basic demographic information as well as income information. Depending on your financial situation, you may be eligible to receive food assistance benefits within seven days if your household has less than $150 in monthly gross income and liquid resources of $100 or less. Should you be approved for SNAP benefits, you will receive them through an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) account. The EBT system allows for benefits to transfer faster and easier than through the use of paper vouchers. For more information about the Alabama EBT system, click here.
1. How can I apply for food stamps in Alabama?
You have the option of applying online or via a paper application. Your written application can be sent via fax or mail, or you may bring it to a local Food Assistance Office in the county in which you reside.
2. What should I bring to my interview with a caseworker?
You’ll want to bring all relevant financial documents, as well as proof of residency. Common documents include: proof of income, proof of rent or mortgage expenses, proof of Social Security and proof of child support (if applicable).
3. How long does it take to process an application?
It can take a maximum of 30 days to process your application from the day you turn it in. In special cases, you may be entitled for expedited benefits within seven days, should your financial situation call for it.
4. How do I use my SNAP benefits?
SNAP benefits are distributed through the EBT system. You use your EBT card just like any normal debit card. Swipe it at the register and enter your unique PIN to make purchases.