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 a more nutritious diet.
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.
Who is eligible for SNAP in Indiana? #
In order to qualify for SNAP, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Live in Indiana
- Be a US Citizen or a lawful permanent resident
- Show proof of identity
- Meet certain income guidelines
- 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.
What’s the income limit for food stamps in Indiana? #
Most families with gross income up to 130% of the federal poverty level or about $2,495 a month for a single mother of two, qualify for SNAP benefits.
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.
Those receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or TANF are automatically eligible for SNAP benefits. Income limits do not apply.
How much food stamps will I get for a family of 3 in Indiana? #
The amount of monthly SNAP benefits may vary from family to family depending on size of the family, net income, and other expenses.
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 sign up for food stamps in Indiana? #
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? #
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.