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Iowa Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

The Food Assistance program is intended to promote the general welfare of low income families by raising their levels of nutrition to avoid hunger and malnutrition....

What is Iowa Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)?

The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), provides food benefits, access to a healthy diet, and education on food preparation and nutrition to low-income households. Recipients spend their benefits (provided on an electronic card that is used like an ATM card) to buy eligible food in authorized retail food stores.

SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) works with state agencies, nutrition educators, and neighborhood and faith-based organizations to ensure that those eligible for nutrition assistance can make informed decisions about applying for the program and can access benefits. SNAP is the Federal name for the program. In Iowa it is called Food Assistance. 

Program Requirements

For this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Iowa.


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 $19,296
2 $25,984
3 $32,672
4 $39,360
5 $46,048
6 $52,736
7 $59,424
8 $66,112

*For households with more than eight people, add $6,688 per additional person. Always check with the appropriate managing agency to ensure the most accurate guidelines.


To see if you might be eligible for SNAP benefits, use SNAP's pre-screening tool.

Because many programs offer services to families that may qualify them under other local criteria, we strongly recommend you contact the program in your community for more information and guidance.


Application Details

What is the application process for Iowa Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)?

To apply online, please visit the Online Application for State of Iowa Services.

For additional application information, visit the How to Apply page.

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