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SNAP provides people with a consistent means to buy nutritious food at supermarkets and many farmers’ markets using a special debit card. SNAP eligibility is based on residency, family size, income and assets.
Contact us at 877.653.9522 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We can help explain guidelines, assist with the applications process and answer any other questions you have.
Why is SNAP a good option for food assistance?
SNAP is a great option for food assistance because it is 100% client choice. If you are eligible for the program, you receive an EBT card (like a debit card) that can be used at any store that accepts EBT to buy food. It allows people to choose the food that best meets their dietary and/or cultural needs.
I’ve never applied for SNAP before. How should I proceed?
If this is your first time applying, or you have questions about the process, please call Harvesters’ SNAP Helpline at 816-929-3300 or 1-877-653-9522. Team members can answer questions about the application process and help you complete an application over the phone.
How easy is it to apply, or how does Harvesters’ SNAP Outreach Team make the process easier and less intimidating?
Harvesters’ SNAP Outreach Team helps people complete an application over the phone. Team members make the process simple and smooth. They will set people up with either an online or paper application and make sure it is submitted to the state. Online applications can be submitted immediately. The team will explain the next steps after the application is submitted and provide contact info you need for those steps.
How long does it take to receive benefits, once I apply?
If you are emergency eligible (which the state determines), and you are approved, you should have benefits within 7 days. If you are not emergency eligible, it may take up to 30 days, so it’s a good idea to submit an application as soon as you realize you need help.
What kind of information is needed to submit an application?
A copy of a photo ID is the main piece of information. Beyond that, it depends on each household submitting an application and what financial information is declared on the application. Copies of paycheck stubs are needed for those who are employed and bank account balances may be needed in other cases.
When are SNAP benefits distributed? Does everyone get them at the first of the month?
It varies from state to state. For Missouri here is the distribution schedule for food stamp benefits. In Kansas, the first letter of your last name determines which day you get benefits, and they are issued from the 1st through the 10th of the month.
What can people do to protect SNAP and push for more funding?
Contact their federal lawmakers. Tell them we need more from SNAP. It’s a quick and easy way to inject money into impacted areas during a crisis, and the money is spent at local retailers, so it spreads further than just benefits to the individual. SNAP has a great economic impact.