District of Columbia SNAP

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a program that enables low income individuals and families to buy the food they need for good health.

A family of three in D.C. with gross monthly income not more than 130% of the poverty thresholds may qualify for SNAP benefits, worth up to $346 per month.

SNAP benefits are issued through an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card that can be used like a debit card, to buy groceries at specified stores that accept EBT.


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

  1. Be a US Citizen or a lawful permanent resident
  2. Be a resident of District of Columbia
  3. Show proof of identity
  4. Meet certain income guidelines
  5. Have less than $2,250 in resources

Special rules apply for households with elderly or disabled members. The net monthly income limit is set at 100% of the poverty thresholds.

D.C. is one of the few states that do not impose work requirements on SNAP recipients but pledged to provide employment and training programs to anyone who wants them.

How do I apply for food stamps in DC? #


Application must be made in person at your nearest Economic Security Administration (ESA) Service Center. To locate an ESA Service Center near you, call (202) 698-3900.

After you complete, sign and date your application, 1 an interview with a caseworker will be arranged to determine your eligibility.

Can I apply for DC food stamps online? #


Applications are accepted online through DC Benefits Portal, via mobile application, in-person, or through the mail.

For more information about SNAP, please call
Family Resource Center
(202) 727-5355

  1. Combined Application for Benefits. This is a joint application for Food Stamps/Medicaid/TANF. You only need to fill out the portions labeled for Food Stamps.