Indiana SNAP

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formally known as food stamps, is a food assistance program that provides monthly cash benefits to Indiana’s very low-income residents to buy nutritious food.

In Indiana, participants in SNAP access their EBT benefits using the “Hoosier Works” card that works like a bank debit card wherever EBT is accepted.

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

  1. Live in Indiana
  2. Be a US Citizen or a lawful permanent resident
  3. Show proof of identity
  4. Meet certain income guidelines
  5. Have less than $5,000 in resources

Indiana requires all work-eligible SNAP recipients to participate at least 30 hours a week of approved employment and training activities.

ABAWDs who aren’t exempt must comply with special work rules. Otherwise, receipt of benefits is limited to 3 months during a 36-month period.

FAQ #


What’s the income limit for food stamps in Indiana? #

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Most families with gross income up to 130% of the federal poverty level or about $2,380 a month for a single mother of two, qualify for SNAP benefits. Those receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or TANF are automatically eligible for SNAP benefits.

How much food stamps will I get for a family of 3 in Indiana? #

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The amount of monthly SNAP benefits vary depending on size of the family, income, and expenses. For example, eligible family of 3 in Indiana with no income may get up to $417 in monthly benefits.

How do I sign up for food stamps in Indiana? #

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To apply for benefits, visit the FSSA Benefits Portal and file your application online. If you don’t already have an account, create one.

Benefits are NEVER received the same day as the application. Most applicants will receive notification of determination within thirty days from the date of application.

How do I get emergency food stamps in Indiana? #

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In some emergency cases, if you meet certain criteria you may be eligible to receive “expedited SNAP benefits” within seven days of applying.

Emergency SNAP is only available if you can prove that you have less than $150 per month in income and no more than $100 in cash and/or in your bank account.