SNAP is a nutrition assistance program that provides monthly benefits to help families with little or no income buy the food they need to maintain adequate nutritional levels.
In Kansas, the program is known as the Food Assistance Program. Benefits include cash stipend, access to a healthy diet and education on food preparation and nutrition.
Monthly benefits are provided on a “Kansas Benefits Card” that can be used to purchase food from local grocery stores or wherever EBT is accepted.
Who is eligible for SNAP in Kansas? #
In order to qualify for SNAP, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Live in Kansas
- Be a US Citizen or a lawful permanent resident
- Show proof of identity
- Meet certain income guidelines
- Have less than $2,750 in resources 1
Kansas requires all able-bodied recipients of food assistance who aren’t exempt to work at least 30 hours a week, or participate in an employment or training program. 2
ABAWDs must comply with special work rules or they will be subject to a three-month time limit on SNAP receipt.
How much is food stamps in Kansas? #
SNAP benefits may vary from family to family depending on a variety of factors, including the household size, income and allowable deductions.
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.
What is the income limit for food stamps in Kansas? #
Most families in Kansas with gross income up to 130% of the federal poverty level, about $2,495 a month for a family of three, qualify for food assistance.
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 Kansas? #
Applying for assistance is easy. You may apply for Kansas Food Assistance in person at your nearest DCF Service Center. For your convenience, SNAP applications are also available online at DCF Self-Service Portal (SSP).
Applicants who are entitled to “expedited food assistance” should have their first benefits within 7 calendar days of the application date.
If you have any questions, please call toll free 1-888-369-4777 or visit your local DCF Service Center.
How long can you be on food stamps in Kansas? #
There are no time limits on how long you can receive benefits in Kansas as long as you meet the eligibility requirements.
- If one person in your household is age 60 or older or disabled, you can have up to $3,250 in resources.
- A first-time violation of the work requirements may result in a three-month ineligibility.