Under the Department of Workforce Services in Utah, you can apply to receive food stamp benefits. If you have little or no money, food stamps can help you out with cash assistance within 24 hours in some cases. In other cases, you may receive aid within 7 days. The food stamp program allows families to provide healthy food while being able to supplement their income to avoid falling short on bills and expenses. Most households will not be able to cover all of the food costs with food stamp funds, but the majority can stretch a budget longer. You can read more about the Food Stamp Program in Utah by downloading this brochure or visiting the homepage for the Department of Workforce Services located here.
Applying for Food Stamps
When determining whether to apply, it's always a smart idea to complete a pre-screening tool, which will assess if you meet the income and asset cap that prevents everyone from receiving food stamps. You can use the online prescreening tool by clicking here. You can apply online by going to the Workforce Services online application located here. You will need to answer some basic questions about yourself and provide answers about the following: income for all members living in the home, social security numbers and dates of birth for all those in the household, assets information such as bank accounts, vehicles, homes and property, and housing and utility expense information. These factors are important in determining your eligibility to receive food stamps. With the correct information, you can receive aid faster. A caseworker from Workforce Services will contact you after receiving your application to inquire further about your income and gather any necessary information. You may be required to prove your citizenship, income, employment and other factors depending on your application.
Receiving Food Stamps
There are various factors in receiving food stamps, which are including but not limited to eligibility. There are a few persons who are not eligible to receive benefits such as non-U.S. citizens or persons on strike. You also need to make a low wage in order to qualify. Usually if you are making more than $2,000 with a household of four, it will be difficult for you to receive benefits, though each case is considered individually. Asset limits are also set at $2,000. If you have property worth more than that amount or your bank accounts and money market accounts add up to more than this amount, you may also not receive benefits. If you are approved, you will know within 30 days of submitting an application. An approval letter will be mailed to you that will detail the amount of your aid and when you will receive it each month. You will also receive an EBT card that will allow you to purchase food products at super markets and grocery stores that participate in the food stamp program.
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 may contact Workforce Services directly by calling toll-free 1-866-435-7414.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What income do you need to have in order to be eligible for food stamps in Utah?
The following is a list of the maximum allowed yearly income in order to qualify for food stamps as it corresponds to the household size for the State of Utah:
Are their any other requirements in order to qualify for food stamps?
Yes. Other general program requirements exist which includes being a resident of Utah and having a current bank account balance under $2,001 or under $3,001 if you share your household with a person age 60 or over, or person with a disability.
What is SNAP?
In Utah and in other states, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is the official name for the food stamps program. This program promotes nutrition and good health by giving low income families help to purchase food.