Tennessee Food Stamp Program

Tennessee Food Stamp Program, or SNAP, helps supplement monthly food budgets of eligible families in Tennessee to buy the food they need to maintain good health.

SNAP serves primarily children, the elderly, the disabled, unemployed and working families with low income who are struggling to put food on the table.

The program issues electronic benefits that can be spent like cash in most food stores or wherever EBT is accepted. Acceptable purchases include food for people and plants and/or seeds to grow food.


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

  1. Live in Tennessee
  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

The law now requires all able-bodied SNAP recipients ages 18—49 without dependents in all but six other states to meet special work requirements.

Otherwise, receipt of benefits is limited to no more than 3 months during a 36-month period.


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


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

How do I apply for food stamps in TN? #


To apply for SNAP benefits, submit your application online using the Family Assistance (FA) Online Application or visit the local DHS county office.

If you are eligible, an EBT account is set up for you, and every month your benefits will be deposited right into your account.

How do I check the status of my food stamp application in TN? #


If you’ve already submitted your application, you can check the status of your case with CaseConnect. If you do not already have an account, please create one.

Family Assistance Service Center
(866) 311-4287

Does Amazon accept EBT in Tennessee? #


Yes. You can use your EBT card to make purchases online through Amazon Fresh, Amazon Pantry, and Amazon Grocery. A SNAP EBT card must be added at the point of checkout.