Division of Economic Assistance
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
This institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, and in some cases religion and political beliefs.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture also prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)
If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination with USDA, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at
http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_ filing_cust.html, or any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).
For any other information dealing with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) issues, persons should either contact the USDA SNAP Hotline Number at (800) 221-5689, which is also in Spanish or call the State Information/Hotline Numbers (click the link for a listing of Hotline numbers by state); found online at http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/contact_info/hotlines.htm.
To file a complaint of discrimination regarding a program receiving Federal financial assistance through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), write: HHS Director, Office for Civil Rights, Room 515-F, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20201 or call (202) 619-0403 (voice) or (800) 537-7697 (TTY).
USDA and HHS are equal opportunity providers and employers.
Who can qualify for SNAP?
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides monthly benefits that help low income households buy the food they need for good health. Eligibility criteria, income and resource limits and benefit maximums per household size are set by federal laws and regulations governing the SNAP Program under USDA. A person who meets one of the following criteria may qualify for SNAP benefits:
How do I apply for SNAP?
The Application Process:
Documents to Bring to Interview
At the time of your interview, please bring verification of your income and expenses. If you cannot get all the information together by your interview date, come for the interview because you will have additional time to provide this information. If you need assistance in obtaining this information, please discuss this with your caseworker at the time of the interview. The following are examples of what to bring:
You may be asked to provide additional information based on your circumstances.
Child Support Requirements
The custodial parent in a household that includes a child under age 18, who has an absent parent, must cooperate with child support enforcement requirements to establish paternity and/or obtain support. Custodial parents and absent parents who fail to cooperate with child support enforcement will be disqualified from SNAP participation until compliance.
Finding out whether you qualify
After the interview and collection of needed information for eligibility determination, the worker will send the client a notice. If the client does not qualify for SNAP, the notice will explain why. If the client qualifies for SNAP, the notice shows the monthly benefit amount and length of the certification period.
Reporting changes in household circumstances
Households found eligible for SNAP benefits must only report when the household income meets or exceeds the current income level for the household size. The change must be reported by the tenth (10th) of the month following the month in which the change occurred. The current income level may be found on the back of the notice mailed to the client or by contacting the local county office.
Households should report a new address to avoid problems with use of their EBT card and in order to receive mail from their worker.
If the household fails to report a change and receives extra SNAP benefits, the value of these benefits will have to be repaid. The person could also be prosecuted for fraud.
If disqualified for the intentional violation of Program rules, the first time will be for one year; the second time will be two years; and the third time will be permanent. The responsible person may also be prosecuted in court and fined and/or jailed in addition to repayment of any over-issuance amount.
Mississippi Department of Human Services
Division of Economic Assistance
1-800-948-3050 | (601) 359-4419