Iowa Food Assistance Program

Iowa Food Assistance Program provides healthy food to low-income families with children and vulnerable adults. Its main purpose is to help Iowa’s low-income residents buy an adequate supply of nutritious food.

Benefits are issued through the state’s Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) system which can be used to buy groceries at supermarkets, grocery stores and some Farmers Markets.

Eligibility and benefits are based on federal rules that consider size of household, income, household expenses, and other variables. Only households with very little or no income may get the maximum benefit amount.


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

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

As a condition of eligibility, all SNAP recipients in Iowa must meet the general SNAP work rules or the ABAWD work rules unless otherwise exempt. ABAWDs who aren’t exempt are limited to three months of eligibility every 36 months.


What is the income limit for food stamps in Iowa? #


Most families with gross income up to 160% of the federal poverty level, about $2,900 a month for a family of three, qualify for food assistance.

How do I apply for food stamps in Iowa? #


Application can be done via OASIS — the state of Iowa’s online application for assistance programs, including SNAP. Once your application is received, an interview will then be arranged to determine your eligibility.

For help with completing your online application, please contact the local DHS Office closest to you.

How long does it take to get approved for food stamps in Iowa? #


If you are approved for SNAP, you will be able to access your SNAP benefits no later than 30 days from the date the office received your application. In some emergency cases, you may get benefits in seven days or less.

How do I apply for emergency food stamps in Iowa? #


If you have less than $150 per month in income and $100 or less in cash and savings, you may apply for Emergency SNAP. If eligible, you should get your first expedited benefits and an EBT card within 7 days.