Idaho Food Stamp Program

Updated June 27, 2019

Idaho Food Stamp Program (SNAP) helped put food on the table for approximately 170,000 Idahoans in 2017 — the majority of which were in families with children.01

Eligibility and benefit levels vary based on household size, income and other factors. The average amount of SNAP benefits received per household with children is about $397 per month.

There is no time limit to how long a family can receive SNAP in Idaho. The two-year time limit that applies to other cash-assistance program (TAFI) does not apply to the food stamp program.

In order to qualify for SNAP, you 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

As a condition of eligibility, all work-eligible applicants in Idaho who aren’t exempt must be actively seeking for work, or participating in an employment and training program.

ABAWDs are subject to a three-month limit of benefits in three years unless they meet a work requirement of 20 hours a week.


    Does Costco take food stamps in Idaho?

    Costco accepts EBT for “in-store purchases only” for eligible food. EBT is not accepted at, Costco Gas Stations or Costco Car Washes.

    Can I use my Idaho EBT card in another state?

    Yes. SNAP benefits are interoperable through the use of your EBT card which means you can use your “Idaho Quest Card” wherever EBT is accepted anywhere in the United States including the District of Columbia, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

  • How do I apply for food stamps in Idaho

    Application for SNAP can be done online via IdaLink — the official self-service portal for residents of Idaho to apply for public assistance.

    Eligible households will be issued an “Idaho Quest Card” which can be used instead of cash to purchase food items at one of the 1,100 authorized retail locations around the state.

    If you lose your card, please contact 1.888.432.4328 to order a replacement.

Families who have less than $150 per month in income and $100 or less in cash may qualify for Emergency SNAP and have their first benefits within 7 days.

If you receive SNAP, your school-aged children may also qualify for the School Meal Program at their local school.

  1. CBPP, State-by-State Fact Sheets, IDAHO