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SNAP Food Assistance

Information on SNAP Food Benefits administered through the Tennessee HHS Commission can be accessed at this link.  The SNAP (Special Nutrition Assistance Program) food benefits (used to be called food stamps) helps people with low incomes and resources buy the food they need for good health.

SNAP benefits are given to a single person or family who meets the program’s requirements. HHSC sends a renewal application to a family getting SNAP before the end of each benefit period. Most benefit periods last for 6 months but some can be as short as 1 month or as long as 3 years.

For most adults between the ages of 18 and 50 who do not have a child in the home, SNAP benefits are limited to 3 months in a 3-year period. The benefit period can be longer if the adult works at least 20 hours a week or is in a job or training program. Some people may not have to work to get benefits, such as those who have a disability or are pregnant.

HHSC gives SNAP benefits through the EBT Card. This is a plastic card that is used as a credit card at the cash register to pay for purchases. Each month, the family’s approved monthly SNAP amount is placed in the card’s account.

Can you get SNAP?

If you need help filling out an application for SNAP, you can visit an EBT benefits office near you; you can use the Office Locator to assist you in finding the nearest office to your location.

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Emergency SNAP Benefits

Emergency SNAP benefits are also known as expedited SNAP because the benefits are given faster to those in an emergency situation, such as:

  • A family with resources worth $100 or less, and monthly income less than $150.
  • A family with resources and the monthly income that are less than the most recent monthly expenses for rent/mortgage and utilities.
  • A family that includes a migrant or seasonal farmworker who has $100 or less in resources and very little income.

To apply for the emergency SNAP, visit an EBT office or call 1-866-311-4287 (Toll-free).