The basics of SNAP and getting SNAP benefits are fairly straightforward. You must be a US citizen, meet certain income requirements, and you must report accurately the number of individuals living in your home regardless of their status with benefits. Unfortunately, certain questions and answers regarding SNAP may not be as straightforward and require a bit more digging. We have done the digging for you on a few of the most common, or in some cases uncommon, questions regarding SNAP.
The simple answer is yes. You can use coupons with your SNAP benefits at any store that accepts EBT/SNAP/Food Stamps. The trick to coupons is to remember that you will have to pay the tax amount on the item. SNAP covers the food and you cover the taxes on the coupon. If you do not use a coupon the SNAP covers both the food and the taxes.
Yes, everyone in the home must be listed on the SNAP application. This is a common question when a significant other, family member, or friend is living in the house. This usually becomes an issue if the person in question consistently is moving in or out or if there are domestic issues in the home. The simple and straightforward answer, however, is yes.
Despite popular opinion on the Internet and in community forums, you cannot receive cash benefits for SNAP. Cash benefits that appear on an EBT card are seperate from your SNAP benefits. Cash usually is added to your EBT card when child support and other funds are paid to you by the state. Social security benefits, SSI, and disability may also be placed on the EBT card if you get SNAP. It is easier on the state and easier on the individual that now has to keep track of only one card.
This question is becoming increasingly common and has two answers. The first answer is what others see as SNAP is actually a cash benefit of SSI, disability, child support payments, or other state paid or government paid benefit and not food stamps or SNAP at all. They simply use the same card. If the individual is receiving money in exchange for their actual SNAP benefits they are doing so illegally. No cash is to be awarded, returned, or given in exchange for SNAP.
Forums, online sites, and self published articles against the SNAP program may have misleading information. If you are concerned about certain questions regarding SNAP or the manner in which someone is handling their SNAP benefits, contact your local SNAP office.