Formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps people with low income get the food they need for good health. SNAP benefits are used in place of cash to buy food.
Benefits are distributed through an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, which can be used at many grocery and convenience stores.
SNAP is funded with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services dollars. Annually over $200 million in benefits are authorized for eligible participants in the SNAP Program.
To learn if you're eligible for SNAP benefits, go to www.access.arkansas.gov and click on the "Am I Eligible?" link.
To apply for this program, download a copy of the application, found at http://humanservices.arkansas.gov/dco/Pages/SupportServices.aspx, and return it to your local DHS office by mail, fax, or in person. You can also apply directly at www.access.arkansas.gov.
Program Contact Information
For more information, visit the following website and scroll down to the SNAP heading: http://humanservices.arkansas.gov/dco/Pages/SupportServices.aspx
Why are my benefits going down?
As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), Congress provided a temporary increase in SNAP benefit levels. The SNAP ARRA benefit boost was provided to help low-income households afford enough food for their families during the recession and because of the stimulative effect it would have on local economies. In 2010, Congress decided that the temporary boosts will end on October 31, 2013.