The U.S. Department of Agriculture oversees all federal funding for food stamp programs. In North Dakota, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) oversees cash assistance for food that helps low-income families continue to feed their families. The North Dakota Department of Human Services issues about $8 million in food assistance benefits each month to help state residents manage their grocery bills. With the help of this agency, thousands of families receive benefits each month that allow them to provide a better diet for themselves and their dependents. Each month, an average of 27,232 households in North Dakota receive food assistance from SNAP. Of these individuals, 44 percent are children and 42 percent of the households earn income each month from verifiable employment. Through these programs, SNAP continues to help families stretch their budgets and help pay rent and utilities without having to sacrifice a healthy meal. Every month, SNAP benefits are distributed through an EBT card, which works just like a debit card to purchase approved foodstuffs at grocery stores and super markets. To qualify for the program, potential recipients must apply to the program and meet certain eligibility regulations that are required at a state and federal level. You can read more about the program and learn about eligibility requirements through the SNAP website at North Dakota Department of Human Services website.
Applying for Food Stamps
To start a SNAP application, you can go online to submit an application through the Department of Human Services for North Dakota. In order to apply, you can re-use the system if you have an email address and telephone number, allowing you to access online services in the future. You can also apply with a one time application, just remember to write down your confirmation number at the end of your application. During the application process, you will need to supply some basic information about yourself, including your name and address, but also contact details, social security numbers for you and others in your household, income and liquid resource information. For your income, you can provide pay stubs or bank statements to show your cash flow and assets. It is important to show this information as it determines your eligibility. After your application, you will receive an interview that will further determine your status. You may need to provide more documentation or show proof of identity, depending on what your case worker requires. There are also applications to download and print, which you may then mail, fax or take into a local county social service office. You can find a list of those offices located here.
Receiving Food Stamps
Your eligibility is determined by a few factors, which include your citizenship, income and household size. You must be a U.S. citizen to receive aid, and you must reside in North Dakota. Income caps are strict limits. For example, if you make more than $2,000 a month with a family of four, you probably will not qualify for food assistance. However, every situation is different, and you still may talk to a case worker and prove your financial need. In some cases, you may not be eligible, particularly if you are a worker on strike. You can use the Bridge to Benefits screening tool to see what benefits you are eligible for. If you are approved for benefits, you will receive an approval letter in the mail along with an EBT card. The EBT card can be used like a debit card at any location that accepts food stamps, such as grocery stores and super markets. You will receive your benefits electronically each month on a specific date. The amount and date are given to you in the approval letter. If you have questions about your food assistance, you should contact your local county social service office.
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. North Dakota recommends contacting local social service offices if you have a question or you want to inquire about another form. You can find a listing of these offices by clicking here.