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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the federal government’s first line of defense against hunger and a central component in the effort to alleviate poverty.  Formerly known as the food stamp program, it helps low-income people and families buy the food they need for good health.   SNAP benefits are provided in the form of an electronic benefit card (EBT) which acts like a debit card and can be used in supermarket checkout lines for the purchase of food.  SNAP is regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered in Indiana by the Family & Social Services Administration.

Indiana financial eligibility requirements for SNAP are set at 130% of the federal poverty level (see table below).  Additionally, households may have $2,250 in countable resources, such as a bank account, or $3,250 in countable resources if at least one person is age 60 or older, or is disabled.  However, certain resources are NOT counted, such as a home and lot, the resources of people who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the resources of people who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and most retirement plans.  

Eligibility can be checked online at FSSA’s website.  You can also visit this website to apply online, print an application to mail or fax, or request a paper application be mailed to you.  You can also call 1-800-403-0864 to have an application mailed to you.

Once you have submitted an application, you will need to supply documentation to verify your eligibility.  Documentation may include:

  • Driver’s license or State identification card;
  • Birth certificate;
  • Pay stubs;
  • Agency letter showing money received, like Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits, child support, alimony, unemployment, retirement, etc.;
  • Rental agreement or letter from your landlord, or mortgage statement that shows your address;
  • Utility bills, such as electricity, gas, and water;
  • Cancelled checks for daycare or child support payments for your child(ren); and
  • Medical bills that you pay (if you are 60 or older, or disabled).

You will also be contacted for an interview, likely over the phone.  Once your application is completed, you should know in 30 days or less whether you are eligible, what your benefits will be, and if you are not eligible the reason why.

** Eligible households that are not already certified to receive SNAP and will have a monthly gross income of less than $150 AND less than $100 in cash/checking/savings in the month of application, or have monthly housing costs that exceed their gross monthly income and cash/checking/savings for the month of application will receive benefits within seven days from the date of application.

Number in    Household Monthly income  before taxes* Maximum
monthly benefit*
1 $1,276 $194
2 $1,726 $357
3 $2,177 $511
4 $2,628 $649
5 $3,078 $771

*Oct. 1 2015-Sept. 30, 2016

This project has been funded at least in part with Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  The contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.  The USDA is an equal opportunity employer and provider.