Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides monthly benefits that help low-income households buy the food they need for good health. For most households, SNAP funds account for only a portion of their food budgets; they must also use their own funds to buy enough food to last through the month.
Applying for SNAP Benefits:
Visit your local DFS office to get an application or download the Application for Assistance. Click here for the Spanish version of the application.
Submit your application to your local DFS office in person, by mail, or fax.
After receiving your application, a DFS employee will contact you to schedule a phone or face-to-face interview with a benefit specialist.
Qualifying for SNAP: Each application is reviewed pursuant to federal regulations and no two households are alike. There may be other regulations than what is listed below that apply which may impact your eligibility.
Resources: Individuals who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or households who receive POWER/Tribal TANF are exempt from the resource limit. If your household includes a member who is age 60 or older or includes a member who is disabled has a resource limit of $3,500. All other households may have up to $2,250 in resources.
Resources are things like:
- Checking and savings accounts.
- Income producing property.
- Stocks, bonds, or mutual funds.
Benefit Amounts: The amount of SNAP a household receives depends on the number of people in your household and the total amount of net income (income after eligible deductions).
Deductions: Income deductions are subtracted from both earned and unearned income. The deductions are:
- Earned Income Deduction – 20% of gross earnings
- Standard Deduction – $164 for 1 to 3 household members;$174 for 4 household members; $204 for 5 household members and $234 for 6 or more household members.
- Medical Deduction – allowable medical expenses incurred by elderly or disabled household members in excess of $35 per household.
- Dependent Care Deduction – payments for the care of a child or other incapacitated adult which are necessary for a household member to work, look for work or attend school or training.
- Child Support Deduction – allowable for payments of legally obligated child support.
- Shelter Deduction – allowable shelter costs (rent or mortgage, property taxes, insurance on the structure and utility expenses) in excess of 50% of household income remaining after all other deductions. For households with an elderly or disabled member, there is no limit on the shelter deduction; for all other households, the shelter deduction cannot exceed $552.
How do I get my benefits? If you are eligible for SNAP, you will be mailed a Wyoming Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. To check the balance of your card, you can visit ebtEDGE, call 1-877-290-9401 or download the app to your smart phone EBT App.
Other Useful Links:
Frequently Used Forms:
For more information, contact your local DFS office or the SNAP Manager:
1501 E Pershing Blvd
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Cent$ible Nutrition Program
The Cent$ible Nutrition Program (CNP) is Wyoming’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed). DFS partners with The University of Wyoming Extension office to offer CNP.
CNP offers free cooking and nutrition education classes for both children and adults throughout WY. You are eligible for CNP classes if your income is at or below 185% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Please see the table below for current income guidelines.
CNP classes help you make healthy choices on a limited income. All CNP lessons are free and include a CNP cookbook, kitchen tools, a menu planner, and a year-long subscription to the CNP newsletter. Best of all, you can make new friends and have a lot of fun.
To find your nearest Cent$ible Nutrition Program educator visit their website at Cent$ible Nutrition.
For additional Information about SNAP-Ed, please contact:
Emergency Food and Commodity Assistance
DFS works with the Food Bank of the Rockies to administer The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), to help supply food to the food banks across the state. TEFAP is separate from SNAP and helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost. You are eligible for TEFAP assistance if your gross household income does not exceed 130% of the current federal poverty level. Check this income table for more information.
If you are in need of additional food assistance and meet the income requirements you are eligible for a food box provided at your local food bank. Here is a list of community food banks and soup kitchens receiving TEFAP commodities, their addresses and distribution information can be found by clicking Wyoming TEFAP List. Please use the following information to contact the food bank for distribution information.
There are a lot of partners that do not distribute TEFAP goods, but can help with additional food assistance, including mobile pantries (which are open to the public). All DFS field office staff have been equipped with a list of the TEFAP locations, partnering agencies, as well as the mobile pantry schedule http://wyomingfoodbank.org, http://wyomingfoodbank.org/mobile-pantries-wyoming, so they can assist any citizens in need.
For additional information regarding TEFAP, please contact:
TEFAP is a USDA program that makes commodity foods available to food banks for distribution to income-eligible individuals and families.
Commodity Supplement Food Program (CSFP) provides a monthly food box, at no charge, for clients age 60 or older and are income eligible.
To be eligible for CSFP you must be age 60 or older and your gross income can not exceed 130% of the current federal povery level. Check this income table for more information.
Locations CSFP is Available:
DFS works with Food Bank of the Rockies to administer CSFP. Currently CSFP is avilable in Laramie County, Natrona County, and Platte County.
For additional information regarding CSFP, please contact:
CSFP is a USDA program that makes commodity foods available to income eligible elderly clients.