The Idaho Food Stamp Program is administered by the state’s Department of Health and Welfare. The program is designed to help low-income families buy the food they need to meet their nutrition needs. There are some eligibility requirements to receive food stamp benefits in the state of Idaho. Among those are citizenship and residency requirements as well as income, resource and work requirements. There is a helpful pre-screening tool available to give you a good idea if you are eligible for food stamp benefits.
To apply for food stamp benefits, you can do so online. Simply visit their site and click “Apply for Services” to get started. You’ll only have to provide basic information, though supporting documentation will be needed at a later time. In most cases, it takes up to 30 days for you to be approved for food stamp benefits. However, immediate food assistance is available for those who need it. The amount of food stamp benefits you receive is dependent upon the number of people in your household and your income. Your benefits will be distributed through the state’s EBT system. You will receive your Quest EBT card in the mail, though sometimes you can receive your card immediately if you apply at an office. Your EBT card can be used like a traditional debit card to purchase eligible food items such as breads, cereals, fruits and vegetables and meat and fish.
1. How can I check my EBT account balance?
To check your EBT account balance, log onto their site and enter your Quest card numbers and PIN to access account information, including your balance and transaction history.
2. What should I do if I lose my EBT card?
If you lose your EBT card, call JP Morgan at 1-888-432-4328 to order a replacement and have your original card stopped so no one steals your benefits.
3. Do I have to use my food stamp benefits within a certain time period?
Yes. In Idaho, if you receive food stamp benefits and do not use them for 365 days, any benefits remaining in your account will be cancelled.
4. Is there a time limit to how long I can receive food stamp benefits?
No. Unlike the two-year time limit that applies to other cash assistance programs, there is no time limit with the food assistance program. As long as you continue to meet the eligibility requirements, you can receive food assistance benefits.
5. Are there items that I cannot buy with food stamp benefits?
Yes. Federal law prohibits you from buying alcohol, tobacco, household items, vitamins and medicines, pet food and hot foods with food stamp benefits.
Contact: Idaho Food Stamps.