In this post, we will walk you through the step by step process of tn.gov food stamps application and what you need to qualify for SNAP EBT benefits. To learn how much you will get in TN food stamps if you qualify, we have a detailed article here.
TN.gov food stamps application Eligibility
Before you apply for good stamps, you need to determine if you qualify for benefits. The eligibility requirements include the following:
Residency: If you are applying for food stamps in Tennessee, you have to be a resident of the state. You will be required to show proof you live in the state.
Age and Relationship: There is no age limit for apply for food stamps. Parents and their children 21 years old or younger living together are considered one household. If you live with someone and you purchase and prepare food together, you can also apply as a household. You can also choose to apply by yourself as an individual.
Citizenship and Social Security Numbers: To be eligible for food stamps in Tennessee, you have to be a U.S. citizen, a U.S. National, or a qualified alien. Even if you are a legal resident and find out that you don’t qualify for food stamps, you should check to see if your dependents are eligible.
Work: There are strict work rules you have to follow in order to be eligible for food stamps or to continue receiving the benefit. If you are able-bodied and between ages 16 and 59 , you must register for work, participate in the Employment & Training Program if offered, accept offers of employment, and cannot quit a job to collect food stamps.
Drug Test: For more on whether TN Food stamps applicants are drug tested, read our article on the subject here, including what the United States Department of Agriculture has to say about the issue of drug testing food stamps applicants.
Resource Test: There are asset limits for households apply for SNAP benefits: $2,250 for most households and $3,250 for households containing a member who is disabled or 60 years of age. Your limit includes cash on hand, money in checking, savings accounts, certificates of deposit, stocks, bonds, property not up for sale, and lump-sum payments.
Outside of the resource test above, the income test is perhaps the most important criteria that determines whether you will be approved or not. Countable income may include but is not limited to such things as: employment, self-employment, alimony, child support, disability benefits, Social Security/SSI, Worker’s Compensation, Unemployment benefits, pensions, stipends, and interest income.
The image below shows the Gross Monthly Income limit (130 percent of poverty) and Net Monthly Income (100 percent of Poverty) you must meet in order to be approved for Food Stamps in the state of Tennessee.
How Much in Food Stamps will I get?
Below is the amount of food stamps you are likely to receive if you are approved for benefits. As you can see, it is based on how many people are in your household.
TN.gov food stamps application Website
To apply for your food stamps benefits, visit the TN.GOV site by clicking here. You can also apply in person at the nearest Department of Human Services County office. Click here for the nearest DHS office.