In Kentucky, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is administered by the Department for Community Based Services. This program helps low-income people and families buy food to meet their nutritional needs. In order to receive SNAP benefits, you must meet some eligibility requirements and undergo the application process. In general, there are several eligibility requirements, including citizenship, work registration, resources and income. A household can have no more than $2,000 in cash and bank account assets. If a member of the household is 60 years or older, that limit is $3,000.
The application process is fairly simple. You can apply for food stamp benefits online by visiting their site. You may also print the application and mail it in to a local Family Support office. Once your application is submitted, you must partake in an interview. If you are approved, you will receive a notice in the mail. Your SNAP benefits will be deposited into your EBT account each month. To make purchases using your SNAP benefits, simply swipe your EBT card at the register and enter your four-digit PIN.
1. What should I do if my EBT card is lost, stolen or damaged?
If you need to report your card as lost, stolen or damaged, call 1-888-979-9949.
2. What work requirements are there to receive SNAP benefits?
Anyone in the household who is 16-60 years old and can work must register for, look for and accept work.
3. How can I check my EBT account balance?
To check your EBT account balance, simply log on to their website and enter your account information.
4. Who can I contact for additional information about SNAP benefits?
For more information about SNAP benefits, call 855-306-8959.
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: Kentucky Food Stamps.