How to Apply
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.
How to Qualify
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. Check the SNAP Income Limits.
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 – $167 for 1 to 3 household members;$178 for 4 household members; $209 for 5 household members and $240 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 $569.
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:
2300 Capital Ave, 3rd Floor
Cheyenne, WY 82002