Getting food stamps for the first time:
In order to get Supplemental Nutritional Assistance (SNAP)/food stamps in Arkansas , you must meet the general Federal eligibility requirements, which include:
- You must have a Social Security Number or apply for one.
- You must be a U.S citizen, U.S. national, or have qualified alien status.
- You must register for work if between the ages of 18 and 60, which may include an employment training program. (Some college students may be eligible as well.)
Beyond those requirements, your income must be below a certain level to qualify. You can download this guide to see if you are eligible for SNAP /food stamps benefits, or use the online eligibility screener through Access Arkansas.
If you are eligible, or if you’re not sure, you can apply for food stamps in the following ways:
- Apply online at https://access.arkansas.gov/. This is the fastest way to begin getting SNAP benefits.
- By mail: Download and print a SNAP application at http://humanservices.arkansas.gov/dco/dco_docs/DCO215.pdf, then mail it to a local Department of Human Services Office. (Mailing addresses are on the application.)
- In person: Download and print a SNAP application at http://humanservices.arkansas.gov/dco/dco_docs/DCO215.pdf, then fill it it out and bring it to your local Department of Human Services office.
After you apply, a personal interview will be scheduled with a Department of Human Services employee to determine your eligibility. This may take place over the phone or in person. You must have this interview to get food stamps.
After your interview, you will be informed within 30 days if your application has been approved or denied. For those with immediate needs due to extreme circumstances (such as less than $150 in available money), applications will be processed within 7 days.