Frequently Asked Questions about SNAP​

How old do I need to be to apply for SNAP?

Who can apply?

Those eligible for SNAP benefits are:

• Working for low wages or working part-time;
• Unemployed;
• Receiving welfare or other public assistance payments;
• Elderly or disabled and are low-income; or
• Homeless.


What foods can I buy with SNAP benefits?

You can use SNAP benefits to buy foods for the household to eat, such as breads and cereals, fruits and vegetables, meats, fish and poultry, dairy products.


You can also use your benefits to buy seeds and plants which produce food for the household to eat.


You CANNOT use SNAP benefits to buy beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes or tobacco; nonfood items, such as pet foods, soaps, paper products and household supplies; vitamins and medicines; food that will be eaten in the store; and hot foods.


Can I buy baby food/infant formula with my SNAP benefits?

Yes, you can use your SNAP Benefits to buy baby food. This includes infant formula, cereals, juices, and baby food in boxes and jars.


Can I buy diapers or baby wipes with my SNAP benefits?

No, you cannot use your SNAP benefits to buy baby diapers or baby wipes. SNAP benefits can only be used to purchase any food or food product for home consumption. 


How much SNAP Benefits will I Receive?

The amount of Food Assistance you get depends on household size, income, and certain household expenses. According to the USDA, the average monthly benefit per household was $257.27 in 2017. 


When will my SNAP benefits be available on my EBT card?

If you have just been certified to receive SNAP benefits, your benefits should be in your EBT account within 30 days from the date you filed your application. If you qualified for expedited benefits because your income was very low, your benefits should be in the account within 7 days from the date you filed the application. You will need to contact your caseworker to find out the exact day your benefits will be available. Once you are certified and have received your first allotment, SNAP benefits will be made available to you monthly.


How old do I need to be to apply for SNAP?

In most cases, anyone living independently over the age of 18 can apply for SNAP. For more information, please contact one of our SNAP Outreach counselors. 


What is the Able-Bodied Adult Without Dependents (ABAWD) time limit?

An ABAWD is a non-disabled person, between the ages of 18 and 49, who has no dependents and can only receive SNAP for 3 months in 3 years unless they meet certain work requirements. This is called the time limit. The time limit does not apply to people who are unable to work due to physical or mental health reasons, pregnancy, caring for a child or incapacitated family member, or exempt from the general work requirements.


How To Apply For SNAP

Shared Harvest Foodbank offers several ways you can easily and confidentially apply for SNAP Benefits:

• Apply for SNAP over the phone by calling our SNAP messaging line at 800-532-3663. 

• Speaking slowly, please leave your Name, Phone Number, and the best days and times to reach you for a phone interview. We will get back to you as soon as possible! 

• Contact one of our outreach counselors to see where we will be out stationed in your community. We can help you apply for SNAP, Medicaid, Cash Assistance, Taxes, and more.

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