– Alabama SNAP Benefits –
Alabama SNAP Benefits: The Alabama Food Assistance Program (formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) helps you and your family to buy food needed for healthy living. Most grocery stores and other retailers which sell food can buy food. If you follow the requirements for the program you will obtain a special debit card (called an EBT Card). This debit card also comes with a certain amount of money on it to pay for food.
The amount of money you earn on the card will depend on 3 things:
- household income from all sources (earned and unearned) such as money you get from a job, Social Security, SSI, or interest
- how many people live in your household
- where you live
At most grocery stores, some community centers, and a few meal delivery programs like Meals on Wheels, you can use the token. It just acts like a normal debit card. Using the card you buy your food, and the expense is taken out of the card’s overall number. On a monthly basis, more money is put into your debit card.
What’s the Alabama EBT Card?
- EBT = electronic benefits transfer.
- EBT card = a card that looks and works like a debit or credit card but is loaded with food stamps and/or cash benefits. You can use it at stores that accept EBT.
- You’ll get the Alabama EBT Card once you’re approved for benefits.
- Alabama’s EBT customer service number is 1-800-997-8888.
What’s the Income Limit for Food Stamps?
Use the chart below to see if your household is earning less than the gross monthly income. Net revenue factors in deductions and taxes, which is a difficult process. And if your household income is below the gross cap, you will be trying to find out if it is above the net income.
Effective from October 1, 2019, through September 30, 2020.
|Household size||Gross monthly income limit*||Net monthly income limit||Max benefit|
|Each additional member||$479||$369||$146|
_* If your household includes an elderly (60+) or disabled person, a higher gross income might still qualify._
What’s the Eligibility Criteria
For this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Alabama. In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
|Annual Household Income Limits (before taxes)|
|Household Size*||Maximum Income Level (Per Year)|
*For households with more than eight people, add $5,824 per additional person. Always check with the appropriate managing agency to ensure the most accurate guidelines.
Because many programs offer services to families that may qualify them under other local criteria, we strongly recommend you contact the program in your community for more information and guidance.
How do I Apply?
To apply for the Food Assistance Program, you can complete the online application. You may also print and fill out the application form and mail it to your local office. Call your State Hotline at (334) 242-0143 to see if you can apply by phone.
How do I Get my Benefits?
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I Qualify for Food Stamps?
To figure out if you qualify for food stamps, Alabama needs to know your:
- Household size: How many people you live and buy/make food with.
- Income: How much money your household makes. This includes both earned income (the money you make from jobs) and unearned income (cash assistance, Social Security, unemployment insurance, and child support, etc.).
Can I get Food Stamps if I’m Unemployed?
Yeah, as long as you’re not quitting a job or deliberately raising your hours to apply. If you are not employed or employed less than 30 hours a week, you may be expected to engage in an job and training programme. There are some exceptions which apply. For more information, please visit your local office or call the Alabama SNAP hotline: 1-334-242-1700.
Can I get Food Stamps if I’m not a Citizen?
Non-citizens whose citizenship status is suitable are eligible for food stamps. Skilled aliens include refugees, trafficking victims, Cuban and Haitian immigrants, special-status Iraqi and Afghan immigrants and more.
Can I get Food Stamps if I’m Homeless?
Yes. To apply for food stamps you do not need to have a mailing address or rent. If you live in a shelter that gives you free meals right now, you can still apply for food stamps.
Can I get more Food Stamps if I’m Pregnant or a New Parent?
Your household size will increase once your kid is born. More Members of the family = more benefits. You can’t get more food stamps when you’re pregnant but you can qualify for Women, Infant & Children (WIC) benefits. WIC offers education and services for pregnant mothers, new parents and children up to age 5.
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