Arkansas Food Stamps

In Arkansas, SNAP is administered through Access Arkansas, which is a service of the Arkansas Department of Human Services. SNAP provides low-income citizens with benefits to purchase food. In order to qualify for the program, you must meet a few standards. First, you must be a resident of the state of Arkansas and fall into either of these groups: those with a current bank account balance under $2,001 or those with a current bank account balance under $3,001 if a member of the household is over the age of 60 or is disabled. Visit this link to find an extensive breakdown of income limits and other eligibility information.

Should you meet the eligibility standards, you can proceed with the application. The easiest way to apply for SNAP benefits in the state of Arkansas is online. Begin by going to the Access Arkansas website to get started. You can also download a copy of the application and turn it in to your local DHS office in person, by mail or fax. Once you’re approved for SNAP benefits, you’ll be issued an EBT card. The EBT program offers greater security and efficiency in distributing benefits. All EBT cards are issued via mail in Arkansas. You cannot use your EBT card without your PIN.


1. How do I report a lost or stolen EBT card?

If your EBT card is lost, stolen or damaged, you should call the EBT Help Desk at 800-997-999. Once you verify your information, a replacement card will be mailed.

2. Who can use the EBT card and PIN?

The SNAP head of household will receive the EBT card. However, that person can designate an alternate who will also receive a card. The alternate has full access to your benefits.

3. Are there cash-back benefits for using an EBT card?

No. You do not get cash back when you use it, and you can only use it to buy eligible food items with SNAP benefits.

4. Can I return an item I bought with my EBT card?

Yes. If you purchased an item with SNAP benefits, your account will be credited with the cost. If you bought it with cash, you will receive the cash back.

5. What items cannot be bought with SNAP benefits?

You cannot buy the following items with SNAP benefits:

  • Paper goods
  • Cleaning products
  • Household items
  • Personal care items
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco products
  • Vitamins or medicine
  • Food to be eaten in the store
  • Hot food prepared in the store

Contact: Arkansas Food Stamps