Arizona’s Nutrition Assistance Program allows low-income families to buy healthy food with Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards. Recipients spend their benefits to buy eligible food in authorized retail food stores. 1
The amount of benefits depends on household size and income. For example, a single mother with two children who works full-time may receive as much as $395 in Nutrition Assistance benefits per month.
In order to qualify for Nutrition Assistance Program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Live in Arizona
- Be a US Citizen or a lawful permanent resident
- Show proof of identity
- Meet certain income guidelines
- Have less than $5,000 in resources
As a condition of eligibility, all SNAP recipients in Arizona must meet the general SNAP work rules or the ABAWD work rules unless otherwise exempt. ABAWDs who aren’t exempt are limited to three months of eligibility every 36 months.
- How do I apply for food stamps in Arizona?
Application can be made online through Health-e-Arizona Plus or in person at your local office or call (855) 432-7587 to request a paper application be mailed to you.
If help is needed, go to find an assistor, enter your ZIP Code to locate community assistors near you for help with the application process.
- How do I get emergency food stamps in Arizona?
If you have an emergency need for food, contact DES directly. They may be able to expedite your benefits if you qualify.
If you do not qualify for Nutrition Assistance benefits, or need help with food during the application process, you may visit any of the TEFAP Food Distribution sites (“Food Pantries”) near you.
TEFAP eligibility for emergency food assistance is based on self declaration and does not have a formal application process or interview.References
- You can find SNAP retailers by using the free and secure mobile app, ebtEDGE, available in the Apple App Store (iOS) and Google Play Store (Android).