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Food Stamps (SNAP)

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP or Food Stamps, helps Idaho families put healthy food on the table. Families meeting certain eligibility requirements will receive benefits on a debit-like card to use at grocery stores, participating farmer’s markets and other food outlets. Monthly benefit amounts depend on several factors such as the number of people in the household, income, and household expenses. Generally, the larger the household size or the lower the income, the higher the benefit amount. There are some restrictions on what individuals can buy with SNAP Benefits. For example, non-food items, hot foods, items that will be eaten in the store, beer, wine, cigarettes and tobacco are not eligible for purchase.

Apply over the Phone or In Person

  • Be prepared to provide this information with the application:
    • ID Card
    • Household Income
    • Housing Costs
    • Current Monthly Expenses
    • If applicable, Immigration Status

Apply by Mail, Email or Fax

  • Then Apply by either:
    •  Email: MyBenefits@dhw.idaho.gov
    •  Fax: 1-866-434-8278 (toll free)
    •  Mail: Self Reliance Programs, PO Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720-0026
  • Be prepared to provide this information with the application:
    • ID Card
    • Household Income
    • Housing Costs
    • Current Monthly Expenses
    • If applicable, Immigration Status

Eligibility

In order to qualify for SNAP, a family must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Live in Idaho
  • Be a US Citizen or a lawful permanent resident
  • Show proof of identity
  • Meet certain income guidelines
  • Have less than $5,000 in resources

Some people receiving SNAP benefits may be required to participate in an employment and training program.

Maximum Monthly Income Limits
Household Size Gross Income
1 $1,316
2 $1,784
3 $2,252
4 $2,720
5 $3,188
6 $3,656
7 $4,124
8 $4,592
Each Additional Member + $468

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