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 $2,750 in resources or $4,250 if at least one member is elderly or disabled
Arkansas requires all able-bodied adults ages 18—50 without dependents to work at least 20 hours a week to keep their SNAP benefits beyond the three-month time limit, unless otherwise exempt. Arkansas calls this the “requirement to work.”
What is the income limit for food stamps in Arkansas? #
Most families in Arkansas with gross income up to 130% of the federal poverty level, about $2,495 a month for a family of three, qualify for food stamps.
Gross income limit applies to most households, except those in which at least one person is 60 years of age or older, or receives disability income.
How much are SNAP benefits in Arkansas? #
SNAP benefits may vary from family to family depending on a variety of factors, including the household size, income and allowable deductions.
For example, a family of three with no income may receive up to $740 in monthly benefits or $440 each month if the family has a net monthly income of $1,000.
- Family Size SNAP Benefits
- 1 $281
- 2 $516
- 3 $740
- 4 $939
- 5 $1,116
- 6 $1,339
- 7 $1,480
- 8 $1,691
The actual SNAP benefit amounts are based on a household's net income with a general rule that an increase of $100 in net income results in a reduction of $30 in benefits.
How do I 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.