The Tennessee Department of Human Services oversees the Food Stamp Program for the state. The program is designed to help low-income individuals and families afford a healthy diet. The food stamp program especially benefits individuals who elderly, disabled, unemployed or simply working families trying to make ends meet. Food stamp benefits have helped thousands of families in Tennessee. Anyone can apply for benefits, but eligibility factors determine who will receive aid. Food stamp benefits are electronically sent through a Benefit Security Card or EBT Card. The benefits are deposited each month on the same date for the same amount as indicated on the approval letter. With this card, you can purchase items at grocery stores and super markets that accept food stamp benefits. You can learn more about this program and see all of the different eligibility rules for the food stamp program by going to the Department of Human Services website.
On the program’s main page, you can click “Applying for Services,” to be taken to the application page. Here, you will find how to get in touch with a local county office, where you can visit to turn in an application or to pick one up. You can also download and print an application online by clicking here. You may also complete and submit an application online by clicking here. Applications are received the same day that you submit them. They are reviewed by a caseworker who decides your eligibility. You will also go through a follow-up interview. During these interviews, you will need to prove that you are a US citizen and that you have a social security number, as well as prove your assets, bank account information, monthly gross income and utility costs. If you fill out a form by hand, you can bring it into an office or mail it in. You can find a list of your local county offices by clicking here.
There are eligibility rules that guide who will receive aid. Mainly low-income families are the only ones eligible to receive aid. Your wages must be relatively low to qualify, and you have to have a straining household size to meet the income and asset limit. Basically, if you make more than $2,000 a month with a family of four, it is likely that you will not qualify for benefits, though you may qualify for some. In addition, you cannot qualify for benefits if you have assets over $2,000. The numbers change if you have a disabled or elderly person over the age of 60 living with you. You can read more about the eligibility information by clicking here. If you are eligible, you will receive an approval letter and an EBT card, which allow you to use the benefits to purchase food products right away. You will also be given a set amount and expected date of deposit in your approval letter.
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 a toll-free customer service line for Tennesee’s Department of Human Services by dialing 1-866-311-4287. If you want to talk to a representative near you, or you want to ask about directions, you can look up the nearest office by clicking here.
As in most states, Tennessee has a maximum yearly income that you can have in order to qualify for food stamps. The maximum yearly income is related to your household size. Below is a list of the latest maximum yearly income level along with the household size.
The following is a list of the documents you may need in order to apply for SNAP benefits:
Social Security Number
Proof of Shelter Cost
Proof of Utility Costs
Proof of Income
Proof of Address (in the form of a lease agreement, utility bill, phone bill or government ID with address listed)
You can contact the Family Assistance Service Center in the Nashville are by dialing 615-743-2000. Otherwise, you can call 1-866-311-4287 (Toll-free).