The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps lower income families buy the food they need for nutritionally adequate diet.
SNAP issues monthly electronic benefits for eligible families in Arkansas which can be used in place of cash to buy food.
In addition to food assistance, the program also provides SNAP recipients with nutrition education, employment and training, and work experience.
In order to qualify for SNAP, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Live in Arkansas
- Be a US Citizen or a lawful permanent resident
- Show proof of identity
- Meet certain income guidelines
- Have less than $2,250 in resources
Arkansas requires all able-bodied SNAP participants ages 18—49 without dependents to work at least 20 hours a week to keep their SNAP benefits beyond the three-month time limit, unless otherwise exempt.1
- How to apply for SNAP benefits in Arkansas?
Application for SNAP benefits can be done online via ACCESS Arkansas or in person at the local DHS county office. Either way, applicants are required to complete an interview for their eligibility determination.
If approved for SNAP, you will receive an EBT Card, which allows SNAP benefits to be issued and accessed electronically.
If you need help finding a food pantry and/or hot meal near you, go to Arkansas Foodbank and click on “I Need Food” to find a pantry nearest to you.
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