Food Stamps, also known as SNAP, the 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 can apply for Food Stamps online or fill out a paper application 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. You do not apply for food stamps with UAH, but with DWS, and we cannot process your application or see it after it has been submitted. However, we can provide assistance.
Expedited Food Stamps
Normally, food stamp applications are processed within 30 days. You can receive your food stamp benefits in 7 days, if:
No verification is required at the time of application. The regular application process must be completed for benefits to continue past the first month. Same day benefit issuance is possible for people who already have an EBT card.
Food Stamps can also be used to buy seeds and plants that produce food for human consumption.
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:
However, there are several exceptions. Students may be eligible for food stamps if one or more of the following are true:
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.
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.