Kentucky SNAP

Kentucky SNAP helps low-income people and families in Kentucky with cash assistance to buy food for healthy meals at participating stores.

Eligible households are issued an EBT Card used to make food purchases at at one of the 231,000 authorized retail locations around the country, 4,200 in Kentucky.

Unless otherwise exempt, most recipients ages 16—59 who aren’t disabled or caring for a child under age 6 are required to register for, look for and accept work.

ABAWDs who aren’t exempt must comply with special work rules or they will be subject to a three-month time limit on SNAP receipt.


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

  1. Live in Kentucky
  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


What is the income limit for SNAP in KY? #


Most families in KY with gross income up to 130% of the federal poverty level, about $2,380 a month for a family of three, qualify for SNAP benefits.

How much does a family of 3 get in food stamps? #


Benefits may vary depending on a variety of factors, including the household’s size and income. For example, a family of 3 with no income may receive up to $407 in monthly benefits.

How do I apply for food stamps in Kentucky? #


Eligibility pre-screening and online application are available at Kentucky’s Benefind — an official website where you can apply for benefits like K-TAP, Medicaid as well as SNAP, from any computer with internet.

Once your application is received, an interview with an eligibility worker may be arranged to determine your eligibility, usually within 5 days.

How do I get emergency food stamps in KY? #


You may qualify for emergency SNAP benefits under certain circumstances, if:

  1. your household's monthly rent/mortgage and utilities costs are more than its gross monthly income.
  2. your household's gross monthly income is less than $150 and resources, such as cash or bank accounts, total $100 or less.

For more information, contact the local DCBS office in the county where you live or call 1-855-306-8959 for assistance.