How To Apply For Food Stamps In Indiana

September 19, 2011

Step 1: Apply online for food stamps in Indiana here.

Step 2: If your county does not have the option to apply online, print out your application and then mail it, fully completed, to your local division of family resources office. Find information about your counties office here.

For assistance, please call General Information: (317) 233-4454,  or write to:

Family and Social Services Administration
P.O. Box 7083
402 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46207-708

You may also send a fax to: (317) 233-4693

Indiana Food Stamps Information

Food stamps, or SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) as it is currently technically named, was set up to help out folks in the U.S. which are experiencing difficulties paying for food due to the fact they are generating a low income. In 2010 alone, SNAP benefited more than 40 million men, women and children so they would have enough to eat.

It won’t matter what their own ethnicity, sex, or faith is – applying for food stamps is available to every person located inside the United States. The typical person acquired $101/month via the SNAP program in 2008, making it possible for them to pay for bread, dairy, various meats, produce, fresh fruits and even garden seeds.

Food Stamps Requirements

For you to become accepted into the Indiana food stamp program, you have to fulfill specific financial as well as situational requirements. Throughout the application process, and interview, you will need to have particular documents readily available.

One particular necessity that pertains to most, is that you can not possess any greater than $2,000 in assets if you are less than 60 years old. Nonetheless, if you or another person in your home is 60 or older, the limit increases to $3,000. TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program) or SSI (Supplemental Security Income), aren’t considered assets when you are applying for food stamps. What is counted as assets is any cash you possess, money which you have saved in a bank account, or even your automobile (in some instances).

A particular requirement is that you need to meet a specific income limit, that is dependent on what kind of money you are getting and how many individuals you’ve got currently living with you in your household.

How much your expenses are will also be taken into account while asking for SNAP benefits. If you’re paying for child or elderly care, rent, mortgage, or utilities; all of those expenses will be taken into account. Certain medical expenses will also be considered under certain circumstances.

The Hoosier Works Card

After you are accepted into the SNAP program, you will receive an electronic benefits transfer card (EBT). In Indiana, the EBT card is called a Hoosier Works EBT card. This card is very much like a debit card and can be used at most grocery stores, and even some qualifying convenience stores or farmers markets.

When you first receive your Hoosier Works card, you will need to activate it. This is done by calling the number on the back of your card and setting your personal pin number. The number is also listed on the brochure that was sent with your card. Do not share your pin number with anyone and do not keep a copy of the numbers in your purse or wallet. If you must write it down to remember, try writing it as a phone number to disguise it. This will help deter others from using your card without your consent.

The Hoosier Works EBT card is light blue with even lighter blue stars bursting from the center. In the center is a torch with “Indiana” written across the top. The cardholders name is typed across the bottom of the card and a 16 digit card number is situated above it. The sixteen digits are what cardholders use to check their food stamps balance. On the back of the card is a magnetic strip for use at cash registers much like a debit card. One the back of the card you will also find a number for customer service. With this number you can create your PIN number, check your balance, report a stolen or lost card and speak with a customer service representative. The number is (877)768-5098 and is available 24/7.

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