In Mississippi, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is administered by the Department of Human Services’ Division of Economic Assistance. The program is designed to provide food assistance to low-income households and people in order to meet their nutritional needs. In order to receive SNAP benefits, you must first make sure you’re eligible. In general, the eligibility requirements include resource and income limits and certain residency criteria. SNAP benefits are generally made available to those who work for low wages, those who are unemployed or the elderly or disabled.
The next step is applying to food stamp benefits. You may request an application for SNAP benefits by phone, in person, by fax or by mail from your county office. You may also download the application online. Complete the application to the best of your ability. Once it is turned in, the local county office will set up an interview to go over your application. You will need to bring documents verifying your residency, identity and financial situation. This may include a drivers license, Social Security card, pay stubs, mortgage statement and bank statements. If you are approved for SNAP benefits, you will be issued an EBT card. This card is a debit card that you use to redeem your benefits. Simply swipe it at the register and enter your four-digit PIN to make eligible food purchases.
1. How do I check my EBT account balance?
To check your Mississippi EBT account balance, simply log on to their website and enter your account information.
2. What should I do if I lose my Mississippi EBT card?
If your EBT card is lost or stolen, you should call the Mississippi EBT Cardholder Service Center at 1-866-512-5087 immediately to cancel your card. You can then have a new card issued.
3. What should I do if there are changes in my household circumstances?
When the household income meets or exceeds the current income level for its size, you must report the change by the 10th of the month following the month in which the change occurred.
4. How long does it take to get SNAP benefits?
Your application will be processed within 30 days.
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.