Arkansas Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) in Food/Nutrition
December 19, 2018

Overview

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps people with low income get the food they need for good health. SNAP benefits are used in place of cash to buy food. Most people must spend some cash along with their SNAP benefits to buy enough food for a month.

The SNAP Section has the responsibility for administering Arkansas' SNAP Program within the Division of County Operations. The Section is responsible for the following: analysis of issues, laws, and regulations governing the SNAP Program. The SNAP Section develops policy and procedures, monitors compliance with Federal Regulations, which relate to timeliness and accuracy, as well as, compliance with regulations governing the delivery of SNAP benefits.

SNAP is funded with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services dollars.

Annually over $200 million in benefits are authorized for eligible participants in the SNAP Program.

Administration

Arkansas Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is administered by U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).

Program Requirements:

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Arkansas and fall into one of two groups: (1) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $2,001, or (2) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $3,001 who share their household with a person or persons age 60 and over, or with a person with a disability (a child, your spouse, a parent, or yourself).

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $15,678
2 $21,112
3 $26,546
4 $31,980
5 $37,414
6 $42,848
7 $48,282
8 $53,716

*For households with more than eight people, add $5,434 per additional person. Always check with the appropriate managing agency to ensure the most accurate guidelines.

Application Details

To apply for this program, download a copy of the application, found at http://humanservices.arkansas.gov/dco/Pages/SupportServices.aspx, and return it to your local DHS office by mail, fax, or in person.

To locate your nearest DHS office, visit http://humanservices.arkansas.gov/offices/dhs-county-office-map

Contact:

1-800-482-8988

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