Iowa Food Stamps

In Iowa, the Food Assistance Program is administered by the Department of Human Services. There are some eligibility rules in order to receive food stamp benefits in the state of Iowa. You must be a citizen or legal immigrant. Additionally, there are income limits that you may not exceed if you wish to receive food stamp benefits. Should you meet the basic eligibility rules, the next step is to apply for food stamp benefits. Luckily, the state of Iowa has an easy online application. You can also apply at a Human Services office. Your application must include basic demographic information as well as information about your income and assets.

The amount of food stamp benefits you will receive depends on the number of people in your household and how much monthly income your household earns. Food assistance benefits are distributed through the Electronic Transfer Benefit (EBT) system. If you approved, you will receive an EBT card. You use the card just like any debit or ATM card. Simply swipe at the register and enter your PIN.


1. Where can I find information about income limits and maximum benefit allotments?

For a detailed breakdown of income limits and benefit allotments by household size, click here.

2. Can I use my EBT card at places other than a grocery store?
Yes. In Iowa you can also your SNAP benefits at farmers markets across the state. At those farmers markets you can often purchase seeds, baked goods, jam/jelly, honey, meat, eggs and cheese.

3. When are benefits distributed?

SNAP benefits are distributed every month on the first through 10th day based on the first letter of your last name.

4. How can I check my EBT account balance?

You can check your EBT account balance by logging on their website. Just enter your account information to receive access to your balance and transaction history.

5. Are there items that I cannot buy with SNAP 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: Iowa Food Stamps.