The Department of Health and Welfare handles the Food Assistance program for families and individuals in Idaho. The Idaho Food Stamp Program is available for low income families to buy food that they need in order to maintain a healthy diet and nutritional lifestyle. Eligible families will receive a Quest card that will electronically deposit funds to use for buying food products each month. Anyone can apply for food assistance, although there are eligibility requirements that everyone must pass to receive food stamps. There is also immediate food assistance available. In these situations, benefits are distributed within 7 days as long as you are eligible to receive food stamps. There are other requirements to meet the emergency food assistance criteria. You can access all of the information for the Idaho Food Stamp Program through the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare website. The website is designed to also give information on nutrition and eligibility. You can also download forms for other cash assistance and healthcare programs that are available to Idaho citizens. Recent changes were also made to the food stamp program, which placed further limits on assets for individuals who are receiving food assistance.
Applying for Food Stamps
You can find all of the forms and offices to apply for food stamps on Idaho's Apply for Assistance webpage. This website allows you to see who is eligible to receive benefits and fill out a form if you are new to receiving benefits. You may also renew your benefits as well from this portal or report changes. Click on "New Applicants" to get started. You can apply at a local office, by mail or by fax. Click on "Find your local office" to go to a listing of county offices for DHW. You can also print an application to fill out and turn into an office in person or by mail or fax. After you turn in an application, you will go through an eligibility interview. The office representative must verify your situation and use the information on your form to determine how much you are qualified to receive. You will also receive a list of information that you need to mail if there is more information necessary to determining your situation. You will then receive a Quest card in the mail and a letter of approval if you are eligible to receive food stamp benefits, along with an explanation of how to use the card and how much you will be receiving every month. You can download an application to print here.
Receiving Food Stamps
Eligibility in Idaho is determined largely by income and assets. In general, there is an asset limit of $5,000 for every family applying for cash assistance programs. Idaho Department of Health and Welfare provide a chart with household size and income limitations located here. For example, with a household size of five, you can only make $2,794 for a monthly income to be eligible for food stamps. You also must be a citizen or legal immigrant. You also must reside in the state of Idaho and your household income must be less than the program income limits for your household size. There are also some exceptions, but in general, you must work or participate in an employment or training program. Once you are approved, you will receive an approval letter and a Quest card. The food assistance funds will be transmitted electronically each month to the card with a set amount that is determined based on your household size. This amount will be included in the approval letter. You can always revisit the webpage to add more services to your account and renew other cash benefits.
Finding Food Service Locations
SNAP is the federal name for the food assistance programs. Every state has multiple SNAP locations. In fact, every county should have multiple locations where you can use your card. You can find specific locations near you using the SNAP retailer locator on the federal website. You can also call 1-877-456-1233 to find out what office is nearest you in Idaho or inquire about more information. You can also ask about different SNAP retailers near you. You can also visit a local field office by consulting a directory of Health and Welfare Office Locations in Idaho.