Emergency SNAP benefits

Find out what we need to know to determine if you are eligible for emergency SNAP benefits.


When you apply for SNAP benefits, we will ask you if one of the following describes you:

  • Does your income and money in the bank add up to less than your monthly housing expenses?
  • Is your monthly income less than $150 and is your money in the bank $100 or less?
  • Are you a migrant worker and is your money in the bank less than $100?

Emergency SNAP benefits are an initial benefit that you may be eligible for while we review your application.

  • If you qualify for this benefit, it may not mean we approve you for monthly SNAP benefits.
  • The standard for emergency SNAP benefits is different than the standard for monthly SNAP benefits.

If we approve you for emergency SNAP benefits

  • You will get a letter in the mail telling you the amount of your benefits. This letter will also tell you what other steps you may have to take to complete the application process.
  • You will get an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card and Personal Identification Number (PIN) to start using your emergency benefits.

If you are not approved for emergency SNAP benefits

  • If you have questions about why you weren't approved, let us know. 
  • You may still be eligible for monthly SNAP benefits.

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