Iowa SNAP 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.


Who is eligible for SNAP in Iowa? #

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

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.

How much are SNAP benefits in Iowa? #

An individual or family's SNAP benefit amount is largely based on their income, household size, and certain 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.

SNAP benefits in Iowa and elsewhere also come with perks that go beyond purchasing food — including discounts on certain products and services like Amazon Prime discount where you can save 50% off their Prime memberships.

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

Most families with gross income up to 160% of the federal poverty level, about $3,315 a month for a family of three, qualify for food assistance.

There is currently no asset limit in Iowa but it may soon be.

Family Size 100% 160%
1 $1,215 $1,944
2 $1,643 $2,629
3 $2,072 $3,315
4 $2,500 $4,000
5 $2,928 $4,685
6 $3,357 $5,371
7 $3,785 $6,056
8 $4,213 $6,742

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.

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.

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