What is SNAP and How to Apply

SNAP or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, provides monthly funds to buy groceries. It is the largest anti-hunger program in America, helping over 41 million people in 2022. 

Connect with your food bank and learn how to apply

Your local food bank or SNAP office can help you find out if you are eligible for monthly SNAP assistance and help you fill out an application.

Commonly asked questions about SNAP

  • SNAP benefits come on a card like a debit card. You can use it at local stores or farmers' markets for groceries. The amount depends on your income and family size.

  • SNAP is sometimes called other names. For example, you may hear SNAP called food stamps or EBT. Some places also have a different name for SNAP, like Link or CalFresh. All these names refer to the same program - SNAP, a monthly benefit to help make food more affordable.

  • Anyone can apply. Basic eligibility depends on monthly income and expenses. Check with your local food bank or SNAP office for specific requirements in your state. There is no risk in seeing if you are eligible for SNAP.

    • Fruits and vegetables
    • Meat, fish, and poultry
    • Dairy products
    • Bread and cereals
    • Snacks and beverages
    • Seeds and plants to grow food for your family


    SNAP benefits cannot be used to buy:

    • Alcohol or tobacco products
    • Non-food items like pet food, cleaning supplies, household supplies like toilet paper, or hygiene items like shampoo, menstrual products, baby formula, or diapers
    • Vitamins and medicines

  • Most grocery stores, convenience stores, farmers' markets and even online delivery services accept SNAP.