The Family and Social Services Administration conducts the Food Stamp Program for Indiana. The benefits are federally funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) apart of the Food and Nutrition Service with SNAP. Indiana's food stamp program follows regulations of other states and requires certain income and asset caps that determine the amount of aid you will receive. The food stamp program in Indiana is designed to help individuals get the food that they need based on a healthy diet and wholesome food groups. Each month, food assistance benefits are delivered electronically to a EBT card. This EBT card works like cash at any SNAP vendor. Food stamp programs benefit low income families by giving them a certain amount for food that they otherwise would not receive. There are some limitations on the types of food that you can buy or what the EBT card will pay for. You can find out more information about these limitations on the Indiana Food Stamp Program website.
Applying for Food Stamps
You can apply for food stamps online. However, the application process is based on your county. You can find a list of Indiana counties on the website and start your application process by clicking on your own. Click the "Apply for Benefits Online" link to begin. Once you start, you'll need some basic information about yourself to complete the application, such as your social security number, address, income information and assets. You can find the address of the local county office to request documents or mail extra documents if they are requested of you. During this process, you will also receive a follow-up interview, where you will be further assessed to understand more about your situation and whether you qualify for more benefits. In general, the regulations are based on income and household size. If you make relatively little monthly income and have three to four people in your home, you will likely qualify for food stamps. You can inquire more about eligibility from the Family and Social Services Administration website.
Receiving Food Stamps
Your amount is based on your household size. To qualify for food stamps, applicants must meet both non-financial and financial requirements. Non-financial requirements include residing in Indiana, citizenship or alien status, work registration and cooperation with the IMPACT Program. Financial criteria is solely based on income and asset limitations. The asset and resource limits are set at $2,000 per household except for households that contain a member who is disabled or elderly (60 or older). If this is the case, then the asset limits go higher, to $3,250. All households must pass a gross income test to qualify for benefits. The gross income is based on the household size and gross monthly income. You can look at a chart of these gross income limits here.
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 contact your specific county to learn more about the SNAP retailers in your area as well as ask for a paper form or any other information about related cash assistance programs or the IMPACT Program. Simply go to the DFR Directory of Local Offices and select your county.