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Food Stamps

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Food Stamps (also known as “SNAP” (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)) provides food assistance to low-income individuals and households through an electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card known as the Horizon Card.

People apply for Food Stamps online or they fill out a hard-copy that they can pick up in Utah at a DWS (Department of Workforce Services) office. If they are eligible, they will receive benefits on an EBT card.

Utahns Against Hunger works to connect eligible households to food stamps. Our Food Stamp calculator is a quick-and-easy screening tool that allows people to determine if they may be eligible for Food Stamps if they apply. The Food Stamp Calculator does not make the final determination and is only a screening tool to estimate potential benefits.

Launch our Food Stamp Calculator

Submit an online food stamps application

Find a DWS office

Find a store that accepts food stamps

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Food Stamps can also be used to buy seeds and plants that produce food for human consumption.

Click on the image to the left to read more.

Students and Food Stamps

College and university students have more eligibility requirements than the general population.  In general, the following students are not eligible for food stamps:

  • Age 18-49
  • Physically and mentally able to work
  • Enrolled at least half time in higher education

However, there are several exceptions.  Students may be eligible for food stamps if one or more of the following are true:

  • Working an average of 20 hours per week (earning minimum wage)
  • Having a physical or mental disability
  • Participating in State or Federal Work Study
  • Caring for a dependent child under age 6
  • Receiving Family Employment Program (FEP) or Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funds
  • Responsible for care of a dependent child from age 6 through 11, who does not have adequate child care
  • The student is a single parent enrolled full-time who is responsible for the care of a dependent child under age 12

To download a printable fact sheet for students including information on income guidelines, food co-ops, and eating on a budget click HERE.

For food resources in your area, check out the “Need Food Help” document for your region.  Click HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Expedited Food Stamps

Food stamps in hand in 7 days

If….

  • You are in a household whose combined monthly gross income and liquid assets are less than the household’s monthly utilities and rent/mortgage.
  • You are in a household with less than $150 in monthly gross income and have less than $100 cash on hand
  • No verification required at time of application.
  • ›Must complete the regular application process for the benefits to continued past that month
  • Same day issuance is possible for people who already have an EBT card

Contact Us if you have any questions.

Watch this Center on Budget and Policy Priorities video called “Making America Stronger: the U.S. Food Stamp Program” to learn more about Food Stamps/SNAP.

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