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How To Apply For Food Stamps In Illinois

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 Illinois EBT Card, then the information below shows you how to apply for food stamps in Illinois. If you have additional questions or concerns about the Illinois SNAP program or the EBT application process, please contact the Illinois Department of Human Services for assistance.

Apply For Illinois Cash, SNAP (Food Stamps) & Medical Assistance
There are several ways to apply for Cash, SNAP (formerly Food Stamps), and Medical Assistance.

Apply Online
Use the Application for Benefits Eligibility to apply for SNAP, cash or medical assistance.

Apply Using a Paper Application
Download the application

  • IL444-2378 B - Request for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  • IL444-2378 BS Solicitud Para Asistencia Economica - Estampillas de Comida

If applying for Illinois SNAP benefits, a decision on your eligibility will be made within 30 days. If determined eligible, SNAP benefits will be issued from the date the application is filed.

Follow the directions on the form. Type in as much information as you can. If you can't answer all the questions, that's ok. You must include your name and address. You may print out the application and write on it if you prefer. You must sign the form. Once you've completed the application, carry, mail or fax it to your local Family Community Resource Center.

Apply At Your local Family Community Resource Center
Applications are taken at DHS local offices.

What happens next?
The application process begins the day your DHS office receives your signed application. You will be asked to come to the office for an interview or participate by phone if you are unable to come to the office. You will be asked for various types of documents such as:

  • Proof of your identity
  • Proof of your residence
  • Proof of Social Security numbers for all people on your application
  • Other types of documents depending on your circumstances.
  • The DHS caseworker will tell you what you need to bring.

Need Help with Your Illinois Food Stamp Application
Please call toll-free line at 1-800-843-6154 (Voice), 1-800-447-6404 (TTY), if you have questions or need help with the application.

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