How To Apply For Food Stamps In Indiana

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federally funded program that offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families. The program is run by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). If you live in this state and need to apply for a Indiana Hoosier Works Card, then the information below shows you how to apply for food stamps in Indiana. If you have additional questions or concerns about the Indiana SNAP program or the EBT application process, please contact the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration for assistance.

Do I Qualify for Indiana SNAP?
To qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), applicants must meet certain non-financial and financial requirements. Non-financial requirements include state residency, citizenship/alien status, work registration and cooperation with the IMPACT (job training) program. Financial criteria include income and asset limits.

The asset/resource limits are $2,250 per household except for households containing a member who is disabled or age 60 or older; then the limit is $3,250. Assets include bank accounts, cash, real estate, personal property, vehicles, etc. The household's home and surrounding lot, household goods and personal belongings and life insurance policies are not counted as assets in the SNAP program.

All households (except those with elderly or disabled members) must pass a gross income test (130 percent of poverty) to qualify for SNAP benefits. The gross income is per household size and based on the gross monthly income received by all household members.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has two income limits: gross income and net income. Gross income is your total income, before taxes or any deductions. Net income is determined by subtracting certain allowable deductions from the gross income.

Household Size Gross Income Monthly Limit Net Income Monthly Limit Maximum SNAP Allotment
1 $1,276 $981 $194
2 $1,726 $1,328 $357
3 $2,177 $1,675 $511
4 $2,628 $2,021 $649
5 $3,078 $2,368 $771
6 $3,529 $2,715 $925
7 $3,980 $3,061 $1,022
8 $4,430 $3,408 $1,169
9 $4,881 $3,755 $1,315
10 $5,332 $4,102 $1,461
Each Additional Member +451 +347 +146

Examples of allowable deductions are expenses such as housing costs, court ordered child support payments, child care or dependent care payments, certain self-employment expenses, and monthly medical expenses over $35 for elderly (at least 60 years of age) and people with disabilities.

Most households have to meet both gross and net income limits to qualify for SNAP. If everyone in your household receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or TANF (cash assistance), income limits do not apply.

Households with members who are elderly or disabled, as well as households which pass the gross income test, must also pass a net test to qualify. Elderly households are those which contain members age 60 or older. Disabled members are those who receive disability payments, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), veteran's disability, or Medicaid as a blind or disabled individual.

If the household has net income below the above amounts, and meets all other criteria, the SNAP allotment received is based on the household size and net monthly income. Please note that this is the maximum amount a household will receive based on $0 income. The greater the household's net income, a lesser amount of SNAP benefits will be received.

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