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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Frequently Asked Questions


What is SNAP?

SNAP stands for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as food
stamps). SNAP helps low-income people and families buy the food they need for good
health. You apply for benefits by completing a State application form. Benefits are provided on
an electronic card that is used like an ATM card and accepted at most grocery stores.

Are SNAP benefits considered welfare?

No. SNAP is a nutrition assistance program. It helps low income people buy nutritious food. It
is not welfare.

Where can I get an application?

Your local Division of Family Resources office can provide you an application or you may apply
online by going to the “Where Do I Apply” webpage and selecting the county you live in.


Source: Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. (2020). Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Frequently Asked Questions.