What You Need To Know
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program was created in the 1980s as a result of an increase in hunger in the American population. It has different names in different states and Kansas, the program goes by the Food Assistance and Nutrition Program. The program is considered to be one of the most active and helpful programs of the federal government accommodating families at times of economic downfall in the country. The Kansas Food Assistance and Nutrition Program do not discriminate based on gender, color, ethnicity, political affiliation, or religion.
The main purpose of the Kansas Food Assistance and Nutrition Program is to provide the underprivileged families who are living on a fixed budget with an opportunity to improve their food quality. It helps them add valuable nutrition in their food by purchasing food that is healthy and nutritious. This leads them to live a healthy and self- sustaining lifestyle subsequently increasing the quality of lifestyle of people in the country.
The eligible families of the Kansas Food Assistance and Nutrition Program are linked with government agencies, nutritionists, local community-based agencies as well as faith-based organizations in the state of Kansas. These organizations make sure the families are fully educated about the program so that they can approach the application in a well-informed manner. This leads the families to make better decisions and allow them to take full benefits from the country’s largest hunger preventive program. The beneficiaries are provided with an EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card which they can use in the various food stores across Kansas which are also approved by the government.
Certain food items cannot be bought through this program which are,
- Non-food items
- Food for pets
- Alcoholic beverages
- Food that you will consume in the store
- Hot foods
Are You Eligible?
The applicant needs to meet the following requirements to be able to apply for the Kansas Food Assistance and Nutrition Program,
- The candidate needs to be a permanent resident of the state of Kansas to be eligible for the program
- The candidate must have a US citizenship or be a legal alien to receive the Food Stamp program’s benefits.
- The candidate must have a Social Security Number (SSN)
- The candidate must have a job (if the age lies between the age of 21-59 and doesn’t have kind of disability)
- The total bank limit of the applicant should be under $$2,001 ( both saving and checking)
- If the candidate is sharing a household with a person, is a senior citizen or disabled then the current bank account limit should be below $3,251 (both saving and checking)
The number of members in a household and total household income is also very important factors while considering a candidate for the Kansas Food Assistance and Nutrition Program. The amount of the maximum gross income level before taxes must equate.
|Size Of Household||Maximum Annual Income Level ($)|
In case, the household size is greater than 8 members an additional amount of $5746 is considered per member. The amount of annual income level might change from time to time. Therefore, it is a good step to contact the managing agency in your area. They will be able to provide you with the most recent and up-to-date guidelines about the Kansas food stamp program.
Other than that, there are certain documents than an applicant is required to have during the application process
- Proof of utility bills
- Bank statement of current months
- Social Security Number of all members in the household
- Medical expense receipts
- Proof of the candidate’s income (pay stubs etc.)
- Identification numbers
- Driver’s license
- Immigration status
How To Apply
The application process varies from state to state, depending on the guidelines of the federal government. Usually, the process for Kansas SNAP requires one person to apply on behalf of the whole family. The application form consists of the applicants’ full information including their expenses, income level, identity, citizenship status.
You can either mail the application documents or even apply online. To apply online, kindly visit the DCF Online Application page. Here you get you will get your hands on the application form and also get any information regarding the Kansas SNAP.
Furthermore, if you wish to directly download the online application process kindly visit the How to Apply page of the Food Assistance Program website.
For Further Information
In case you have any further queries related to the program, kindly visit Kansas official Food Assistance and Nutrition Program (SNAP).To find a Food Stamp office near you please visit the Department for Children and Families office in your locality. To locate a SNAP office check out the Office Locator Map.
You will meet the program representative who will take you through the whole process. You can then submit your application form along with the other required documents. The local SNAP office will also make sure that you are provided with up-to-date information regarding the program to make the application process less daunting
You can also call at the following number 1-888-369-4777 to request an application form which will be delivered to you either by an email or mail.