Applying for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

SNAP Applicant and Recipient Rights

Anyone may apply for SNAP benefits. Applicants and recipients have the right to file an application on the same day they contact the local office. They may request help completing an application and have the right to be interviewed in private with household circumstances kept confidential.

Those applicants who qualify as having an immediate need have the right to get SNAP benefits within a few days of their application.

Applicants and recipients have the right to receive notice of any change in their benefits or certification period. Applicants may request a fair hearing if they feel the Department has made a mistake in their case. They are entitled to be notified of the decision of that hearing and they have the right to appeal it.