Mississippi Food Stamps (SNAP) Application Information
How to Apply for Food Stamps
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The Mississippi Food Stamps (SNAP) is a joint initiative by the US federal government and the state of Mississippi aimed at providing food assistance to low income households and individuals in the state of Mississippi. This program is the operational arm of the Federal Food assistance Program that is sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Members of the program are provided with an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, through which they can conveniently access their benefits in selected stores and grocery shops country wide.
In order to qualify for the Mississippi Food Stamps (SNAP) program, you must meet a specified set of eligibility requirements. These eligibility requirements are mainly pegged on the income levels and residence of the individuals with special considerations given to needy and disabled individuals.
If you meet the eligibility requirements of the Mississippi Food Stamps (SNAP), you can apply for benefits by filing and submitting an application form to your nearest Mississippi Department of Human Services (DHS) Economic Assistance Office. This supplication is then processed and you will be scheduled for an interview with a Mississippi Food Stamps (SNAP) program representative who will verify important information and will ask you questions aimed at determining your eligibility to the program.
Upon successful completion of the interview you will be accepted as a member of the program and will start receiving benefits within 30 days from the day you application was received.
In order to qualify for the Mississippi Food Stamps (SNAP), you need to meet a specified set of eligibility requirements. These eligibility requirements revolve around the income, resources, residence and employment status of the applicant and are highlighted below:
Resources Eligibility Requirements
Applicants for the Mississippi Food Stamps (SNAP) program should have less than $2000 worth of countable resources and $3250 if at least one of the members in the household is aged 60 and older. It should however be noted that resources such as homes and vehicles currently being used to earn an income are not considered as "countable".
Income Eligibility Requirements
Households applying for the Mississippi Food Stamps (SNAP) program must meet a specified set of income eligibility requirements. These income eligibility requirements can be found by clicking here.
It should however be noted that households that consists of members currently receiving TANF, SSI or any other form of income assistance , are not subject to the income tests. On the other hand a household with an elderly or disabled person is only subject to the net income test and not the gross income as specified on the income eligibility table.
Employment Eligibility Requirements
In order to qualify for the Mississippi Food Stamps (SNAP) program, all able-bodied individuals between the ages of 16 and 60 must register for work, be available and willing to accept employment and participate in an employment training program specified by their local Mississippi Food Stamps (SNAP) office.
Residence eligibility Requirements
All applicants to the Mississippi Food Stamps (SNAP) program must be US nationals or legal aliens who have resided in the state of Mississippi for a period of more than five years.
Food Stamps Application Instructions
You can apply for the Mississippi Food Stamps (SNAP) program by obtaining an application form by clicking here. After filling out the form you should proceed to submit it at your local Mississippi Food Stamps (SNAP) office, click here to locate your local office. You will be scheduled for an appointment with a program representative who will verify you documents and ask you questions that will help determine your eligibility to the program.
On successful completion of the interview, a decision on your eligibility will be made and if you qualify for the program, you will start enjoying the benefits of the program through an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card that will be issued to you.