Social Security: You Can Apply for SNAP and SSI at the Same Time

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You may be eligible for Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits if you receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). To make things even easier, the Social Security Administration (SSA) allows you to apply for your state’s SNAP while applying for SSI.

SNAP

SNAP provides low-income households with food purchasing assistance. Benefits are deposited monthly into SNAP accounts, which are linked to EBT cards, which function similarly to credit or debit cards. Most major grocery stores and retailers, such as Target and Walmart, accept EBT cards to purchase SNAP-eligible items. Food items that can be prepared at home (or seeds to plant and later provide food) are typically eligible, with the exception of food that is hot when sold or other prepared meals.

SSI benefits people with limited income and resources. SSI is also available to people 65 and older, as well as those who are blind or disabled.

While the amount of your SNAP benefit depends on your household income and size, the basic monthly SSI payment for 2022 is the same across the country — $841 for a single person or $1,261 for a couple.

If your family is applying for or receiving SSI, the SSA will:

  • Over the phone, we can assist you in completing your SNAP application. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, call 1-800-772-1213 or TTY 1-800-325-0778.
  • If you have a scheduled appointment, we can assist you in completing the application in person.
  • If you request it, we will mail you a SNAP application.
  • Your completed application will be forwarded to your local SNAP office.

All other applicants can apply in person or by mail to their local SNAP office, or they can apply online through their state’s benefits portal.

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You can find your local SNAP office (or apply online) by visiting the Food and Nutrition Service’s SNAP State Directory of Resources website, according to the SSA. You can also contact the SNAP helpline at 1-800-221-5689.

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