The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a 100 percent Federally funded program, which is administered through each state. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services develop Federal regulations that govern implementation of the program. In Indiana, the Family and Social Services Administration is responsible for ensuring the Federal regulations are initially implemented and consistently applied in each county.
Indiana's SNAP is designed to raise the nutritional level of low income households by supplementing their available food purchasing dollars with food stamp coupons. In accordance with Federal law and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, the Food Stamp Program is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs, or disability.
To qualify, applicants must meet both non-financial and financial requirements. Non-financial requirements include state residency, citizenship/alien status, work registration and cooperation with the IMPACT Program. Financial criteria include income and asset limits.
The asset/resource limits are $2,250 per household except for households containing a member who is disabled or age 60 or older; then the limit is $3,500. Assets include bank accounts, cash, real estate, personal property, vehicles, etc. The household's home and surrounding lot, household good and personal belongings and life insurance policies are not counted as assets for SNAP. All households (except those with elderly or disabled members) must pass a gross income test (130 percent of poverty) to qualify for benefits. The gross income is per household size and based on the gross monthly income received by all household members.
In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
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Applications may be submitted on-line, in person, by mail, or by fax.
To apply on-line, click on the following link:
For detailed application information, visit:http://www.in.gov/fssa/dfr/2999.htm.