The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) administers SNAP at the Federal level through its Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). Locally, SNAP is administered through the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES)
, which determines eligibility and allotments, and distribution of benefits.
In 2008, the U.S. Congress changed the name of the Food Stamp Program to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This new name better reflects the goal of the program: to help provide healthy food to low-income families with children and vulnerable adults. Simply put, SNAP helps low-income people and families buy the food they need for good health.
To reduce the stigma associated with traditional food stamps, SNAP benefits are provided on an electronic benefit card (EBT) that is used like an ATM or debit card and accepted at most grocery stores and many farmers' markets. Through various nutrition education partners, SNAP also helps clients learn to make healthy eating and active lifestyle choices. Healthy eating and having enough to eat is critically important, as recent research shows:
Eligibility & Online Pre-Screen Information
- Poor diets contribute to serious health problems in adults, especially the elderly.
- Poor diets can cause impaired brain development in children, creating a greater risk of educational failure.
- Healthy food can lead to better school performance for children and better health outcomes for both children and adults.
The USDA establishes eligibility requirements for SNAP. Eligibility is based on your household’s resources, income and other requirements such as residence, citizenship or qualified non-citizen status, and cooperation with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Employment & Training program. To see if you may qualify, use the benefits estimator at www.arizonaselfhelp.org
Even you are unsure whether you qualify, you should still apply.
Apply Online Today & Keep Track of Your Benefits
In Arizona, you can conveniently apply for SNAP benefits using the Health-e-Arizona
online application tool. Once you've applied, you can create an account at MyFamilyBenefits
to keep track of your application, review information, report changes online, and more.
Find a Store Near You that Takes SNAP Benefits
The SNAP Retailer Locator finds stores that welcome SNAP benefits. Click on the map below and enter a street address, city and state, or zip code, and a map of the closest approved stores will appear:
History of SNAP / Food Stamps
Latest SNAP news and information from the USDA
: a dynamic online resource center for SNAP Education providers. SNAP-Ed Connection is funded by USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and maintained at the National Agricultural Library's Food and Nutrition Information Center.