Step 1 (optional): Find out if you are eligible to receive food stamps by taking a short quiz here.
Step 2: Apply in one of the following ways:
- Apply online here.
- Print out an online application here. Once completed, mail or deliver your application to your local DHS office.
- Visit your local Department of Human Services (DHS) to pick up an application or fill an application out in person.
- Call your local DHS office and they will mail you an application which you can then mail back or drop off.
Step 3: Mail your completed application to your local DHS office.
Note: To find your local DHS office, go here.
For assistance, please call 1-800-482-8988, or contact the central office at (501)682-8276.
Applying For Arkansas Food Stamps
To support low-income persons having trouble paying for food, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) was developed. SNAP is frequently referred to as food stamps, for the reason that before, colored stamps had been disbursed and utilized to purchase food items. SNAP offered aid to over 40 million Americans in 2010.
Any person located in the United States can apply for food stamps, regardless of their background, race, sex, or religious beliefs. In the year 2008, individuals given assistance from SNAP averaged $101 in food assistance each month.
There are a few specifications a person must fulfill to be permitted to acquire aid from the food stamp program. Additionally, there are a few documents an applicant will need during the food stamps application and interview process.
Arkansas Requirements For Food Stamps Applicants
One prerequisite that pertains to most, is that you can’t possess any greater than $2,000 in assets if you are less than 60 years old. Nevertheless, if you or some other person in your home is 60 or over, that limit increases to $3,000. TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program) or SSI (Supplemental Security Income), are not regarded as assets when you are applying for food stamps. Resources that will count towards your total assets include cash, money saved in a bank account and in some cases a vehicle.
There is also an income limit, that depends on the number of people dwelling in your household when that you apply for food stamps.
The total of your expenses will also be factored in. The total amount you spend for child or elderly care, rent or mortgage and utilities will all be considered. Some medical related expenses will also be considered under certain circumstances.
An EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card is provided to those which are found eligible and pass the application and interview process. An EBT card is very similar to a debit card and may be used at most grocery stores, and even a number of qualifying convenience stores or farmers markets.
Don’t Use Your EBT Card Until You Read This!
The Arkansas EBT card cannot be used at a cash register until a pin number has been set. To set a pin number, call 800-997-9999 and follow the automated prompts to set your 4 digit pin number. The automated answering service will ask for some personal information before allowing you to set your pin. Once you complete the pin setup process over the phone, your EBT card will be ready to use.
Who Can Use My EBT Card?
Whoever applied for food stamps as the head of the household will be the person who is authorized to use the Arkansas EBT card. Use by other persons is illegal and should be avoided. If you need to have someone else buy groceries for your home sometimes, you can choose someone to be the alternate card user when you apply. Make sure that you choose the second card user wisely as they will be able to use your EBT card at any time. Stolen food stamp benefits cannot be replaced.
What To Do If The Store Overcharges You
If a store accidentally or purposely overcharges your EBT card, you should take action immediately by calling 1-800-997-9999. This number is available 24/7.
When Will I Get My Arkansas EBT Card?
Once you are approved to start getting food stamps in Arkansas, you will receive your EBT card within 3-5 business days.
What Can I Buy With My Arkansas Food Stamps?
Many people are surprised to learn that food stamp buy more than just food. In fact, food stamps can be used to buy seeds and plants that bear food for human consumptions as well as certain beverages that have a nutritional label on the container and are not considered nutritional supplements. Alcoholic beverages are also not available. Other things that food stamps cannot buy include tobacco products, non-food items such as paper towels or shampoo, medications or supplements.