– Kansas SNAP Benefits –
The Kansas Food Assistance Program (formerly referred to as the Food Stamp Program) lets you and your family purchase food needed for healthy living. Many grocery stores and other retailers which sell food will 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 get on the card may depend on three 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
In 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 groceries, and the cost is taken out of the card’s total amount. You put more money on your debit card every month
What’s the Kansas Benefits Card?
- The Kansas Benefits Card is Kansas’s 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 Kansas Benefits Card once you’re approved for benefits.
- Kansas’s EBT customer service number is 1-800-997-6666.
What’s the Income Limit for Food Stamps?
Use the chart below to find out whether your household makes less than the gross monthly income limit. Net income factors in deductions and taxes, which is a complicated process.
So, if your household income is under the gross limit, you should apply to figure out whether it’s within the net limit.
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._
To apply for this incentive plan, you must be a resident of the state of Kansas and fall into one of two groups:
(1) those with resources including a current bank balance (savings and checks combined) below $2,001, or
(2) those with resources including a current bank balance (savings and checks combined) below $3,251 who share their household with an individual or persons 60 years of age and up
To qualify, you must have an annual (before tax) household income 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.
How to Apply?
To apply for the Food Assistance Program, you can print and fill out the application form and mail it to your local office. You can also apply by using the online application. Call your State Hotline at (888) 369-4777 to see if you can apply by phone.
How Do I Get My Benefits?
FAQs on Kansas SNAP Benefits
Can I Get Food Stamps if I’m Not a Citizen?
Non-citizens whose legal 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. You do not need a mailing address or housing to apply for food stamps. If you’re currently living in a shelter that gives you free meals, you can still apply for food stamps.
How Much Money/property Can I Have and Still Get Food Stamps?
Kansas’ asset limit is $2,250. This limit goes up to $3,250 if your household includes at least one elderly (60+) or disabled person.
Can I Get Food Stamps if I’m Unemployed?
Sure, as long as you’re not leaving 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 details , please visit your local office or call the Kansas SNAP hotline: 1-888-369-4777.
Can I Get Food Stamps if I Have a Drug Felony Conviction?
Yes. Kansas won’t disqualify you if you are eligible for food stamps because of a drug offense. You may have to take alcohol tests or enter a treatment programme.
You can face a time of temporary disqualification too. When you have a second conviction Kansas will disqualify you. For more details contact your state office or the Kansas SNAP hotline: 1-888-369-4777.
Do I Qualify for Food Stamps?
To figure out if you qualify for food stamps, Kansas 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.).
- Assets: How much you have in the bank, not including retirement savings or your most recent tax returns. Some states also include real estate, trusts, investments, and vehicles as assets.
Who Counts as A Member of My Household?
Anyone you live and buy/make food with counts a member of your household.
- You may live with people who don’t count as household members, like tenants who are renting a room, or adult children (22+) who buy/make their own food.
- Children (under 22) always count as household members, even if they buy/make their own food.
- Elderly (60+) and disabled people count as household members if you buy/make food for them, or you buy/make food together. If they live with you but buy/make food separately, they do not count as household members.
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 apply for Women, Infants & Children (WIC) benefits.
WIC offers education and services for pregnant mothers, new parents and children up to age 5.
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