Utah’s Food Stamp Program, or commonly known as SNAP, serves as the first line of defense against hunger for Utah residents.
SNAP provides monthly benefits to eligible families to buy an adequate supply of healthy food through an EBT card known as the Utah Horizon Card — an electronic card that is accepted at most grocery stores.
While anyone may apply for SNAP benefits, the program is primarily designed to help those who need food assistance most — low-income families, single parents, the elderly, and people with disabilities.
Who is eligible for SNAP in Utah? #
In order to qualify for SNAP, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Live in Utah
- Be a US Citizen or a lawful permanent resident
- Show proof of identity
- Meet certain income guidelines
- Have less than $2,750 in resources or $4,250 if at least one member is elderly or disabled
Unless otherwise exempt, most recipients ages 16—59 who aren’t disabled or pregnant are required to register for, look for, and have an approved employment plan with DWS in order to continue receiving SNAP benefits.
ABAWDs must comply with special work rules or they will be subject to a three-month time limit on SNAP receipt.
How much are SNAP benefits in Utah? #
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 Utah? #
Most families in Utah with gross income up to 130% of the federal poverty level, about $2,495 a month for a family of three, qualify for food stamps.
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 Utah? #
You can apply for SNAP online or in person at any of the employment center near you. If you are eligible, you will be able to access your SNAP benefits no later than 30 days.
If you are in a household with less than $150 in gross monthly income and have less than $100 cash on hand, you may be eligible for Expedited SNAP in 7 days
Students between ages of 18 and 49 may also be able to get food stamps if they meet certain requirements. Check with your eligibility specialist to see if you qualify for food assistance through SNAP.