COVID-19: The USDA Food and Nutrition Service has given states options to make it easier to get SNAP (food assistance) during the coronavirus pandemic and temporarily raise the SNAP benefit amount. Call your state hotline for more information. NCOA has more information about food help and what older adults need to know about the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Kentucky Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)


The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly called the Food Stamp Program) helps you and your family buy food needed for good health. You can buy food from most grocery stores and other retailers that sell food. If you meet the program guidelines, you will get a special debit card (called an EBT Card). This debit card comes with a certain amount of money already on it to pay for food. The amount of money you get on the card may depend on three things:
  • household income from all sources (earned and unearned) such as money you get from a job, Social Security, SSI, or interest
  • how many people live in your household
  • where you live
You can use the card at most grocery stores, certain senior centers, and some meal delivery services such as Meals on Wheels. It works just like a regular debit card. You buy your groceries using the card and the cost is taken out of the total amount on the card. More money is put on your debit card on a monthly basis.


How do I apply?


To apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), you can print and fill out the application form and mail it to your local office. Call your State Hotline at (855) 306-8959 to see if you can apply by phone.

If you are receiving or applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, the state has created the SNAP Combined Application Project (SNAP-CAP) to make it easier for you to apply for SNAP. To get SNAP and SSI, please contact your local Social Security Administration Office.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible?

You can get help from this program if you have limited income and resources. Some resources such as your home, car, and certain retirement accounts may not be counted when determining whether you meet the program guidelines.

In some cases, you may be able to take part in this program without having to do anything. You will automatically get the program or have more generous rules if you and/or members of your household already get cash benefits from other programs such as:

  • Public or General Assistance
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Additionally, if you get non-cash benefits (including TANF-funded informational pamphlet or counseling services), you may have higher income and/or resource limits.

Please note: In certain situations, there may be other program rules that you may need to meet such as taking part in Employment & Training programs and other work requirements.

What are the citizenship guidelines?

If you are a U.S. citizen and meet the other program guidelines, you may get help from this program. If you live in the United States but are not a U.S. citizen, you may still apply if you and/or members of your household meet at least one of following guidelines for legal immigrants:

  • lived legally in the United States for at least 5 years or more
  • get disability related assistance or benefits, no matter when you entered the United States
  • children under the age of 18, no matter when the child entered the United States

What will I need?