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How To Apply For Food Stamps In Alabama

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federally funded program that offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families. The program is run by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). If you live in this state and need to apply for a Alabama EBT Card, then the information below shows you how to apply for food stamps in Alabama. If you have additional questions or concerns about the Alabama SNAP program or the EBT application process, please contact the Alabama Department of Human Resources for assistance.

The eligibility rules and benefit amounts, based on income and household size, are determined by regulations issued by the USDA, Food and Nutrition Service. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Applications for the Food Assistance Program are available in all county DHR offices.

Apply For Alabama SNAP In Person
Applications may be filed in the county where you live or online. You may fax, mail, or bring the signed application to your County DHR office for processing. To view the food stamp application in english, click here. For spanish, click here.

Apply For Alabama SNAP Online
To apply for food assistance benefits online, please visit MyDHR. Before you can complete the application, you must first register for an account. Your completed application will be sent to the DHR office in the county where you live. MyDHR is the only website where you can apply for Food Assistance online. Never provide information to anyone who promises to help you apply for food assistance.

Alabama Food Assistance Program Eligibility Requirements

Household Members
The food assistance household is composed of individuals who live together and purchase and prepare their meals together for home consumption. Certain individuals, such as spouses and children under age 22, must be included in one food assistance household regardless of their method of buying food and preparing meals.

If your households has anyone who is a striking member, then you will not be eligible for the Food Assistance Program, unless the household was eligible for benefits the day before the strike and is eligible at the time of applying for benefits. However, you will not be eligible to receive an increase of your allotment if your income decreases.

Citizenship and Alien Status
Only U.S. citizens and eligible aliens may participate in the Food Assistance Program. Any household member who is not a citizen or permanent resident alien may be left out of your food assistance household.

Social Security Numbers
The Social Security Number is used in computer matching and program reviews or audits to make sure the household is eligible for the food assistance benefits it receives. The SSN will be used to check the identity of household members to prevent duplicate participation and to facilitate making changes. Providing a social security number for each household member is voluntary. However, failure to provide a SSN for each household member will result in disqualification of that member.

Households must apply for food assistance in the county in which they live. They cannot receive food assistance in more than one county or state in a month.

Work Requirements
Unless exempt, each household member must be registered for work. Failure to cooperate with the work requirements may result in an individual being disqualified from participation in the Food Assistance Program.

Alabama SNAP Financial Requirements
Income limits vary according to the household size. Households that contain no elderly or disabled individuals must meet both the gross (income before deduction) and the net income (income after allowable deductions) limits. Households that contain an elderly (age 60 or over) individual or a disabled individual must meet only the net income limits. See table below for both the net and gross income limits according to household size. Income includes wages, salaries, commissions, social security benefits, SSI, veteran's benefits, child support, contributions, unemployment compensation, etc.

Household Size Gross Income Limits Net Income Limits
1 $1,276 $981
2 $1,726 $1,328
3 $2,177 $1,675
4 $2,628 $2,021
5 $3,078 $2,368
6 $3,529 $2,715
7 $3,980 $3,061
8 $4,430 $3,408
Each additional member $451 $347

Application Processing
The application process includes completing an application, filing the form in the county in which the household lives, being interviewed, and having certain information verified. Households that meet the following criteria will have their application acted on within 7 calendar days: households with less than $150 in monthly gross income and their liquid resources, such as cash or checking/savings' accounts are less than $100; the household's monthly rent/mortgage and utilities are more than the household's gross monthly income and liquid resources; the household is a destitute migrant or seasonal farmworker with less than $100 in liquid resources. All other households shall have their application acted upon within 30 days from the date they apply.

Allotment Amounts
The amount of food assistance a household actually receives depends on the number of people in the food assistance household and the amount of their net income. See table below for the maximum food assistance allotments by household size.

Household Size Maximum Food Assistance Allotment
1 $194
2 $357
3 $511
4 $649
5 $771
6 $925
7 $1,022
8 $1,169
Each additional member $146
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