SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), formerly known as Food Stamps, is the nation’s first line of defense against hunger. This federal program helps Americans with low incomes put food on the table and lift themselves out of poverty. More than half of SNAP recipients are children.
Second Harvest offers outreach and application assistance for SNAP. Our Benefits Outreach Counselor explains benefits, provides pre-screening to people who may qualify, and helps people fill out the application. In FY21, our SNAP Outreach team helped complete more than 1,000 SNAP applications.
NEED HELP APPLYING FOR SNAP?
We are are happy to help walk you through the application process. Please reach out to one of our Benefits Outreach Coordinators:
- Kaley at 615-310-0752
- Tammy at 615-336-4665
- If you miss us, leave a voicemail with your name and number or text us! We will respond within 24 hours.
- Email at firstname.lastname@example.org
What to expect during the application process:
- We will ask you a few questions:
- How many individuals are in your household?
- What is your monthly income?
- If you are eligible, we will ask if you would like to apply for SNAP online or with a paper application.
- If you would like to apply online, we will send you the link and walk you through the application over the phone.
- If you would like to apply with a paper application, we will help fill out the application and then mail you the filled-out paper application for you to submit.
- Once the application is submitted (either online or mailed in), DHS will call you to set up an appointment time over the phone. This will likely happen with 5 days of submitting your application.
- You will then be required to submit the necessary verification documents (see below).
- After your appointment, you will either be approved or denied benefits. If you are approved, you will receive an EBT card in the mail.
- The complete application process could take up to 30 days.
Verification Documents that DHS might require you to turn in:
- Social Security Number
- Your identify (example: driver’s license, school ID with photo, passport, resident alien card, I-94 card, or voter’s registration card)
- Where you live (example: lease agreement, utility bill, phone bill, or driver’s license with your address on it)
- Income (example: check stubs, employer statement, award letters)
- Resources (example: bank accounts, certificates of deposit, saving bonds, property, automobiles, trucks, boats, motorcycles, and recreational Vehicles)
- Shelter cost (example: mortgage payments, property tax, homeowner’s insurance, rent receipt, lease agreement)
- Cost of utilities (example: electric bill, gas bill, phone bill)
Other advantages of receiving SNAP:
- AT&T – low-cost wireless home interest service to households with at least one resident who participates in the U.S. SNAP program
- Free installation and in-home Wi-Fi, no annual contract, no deposit, $10/month or less based on the maximum speed available
- Assurance Wireless Cell Phone Plan
- Nashville Zoo $50 per year membership
- Adventure Science Center discount
- Huntsville Space Center discount
- Nashville Farmers’ Market customers – individuals on the SNAP program receives $1 in Fresh Bucks tokens for every SNAP dollar they spend using an EBT card
- Amazon Prime — $5.99/month Amazon Prime with a valid EBT/Medicaid card
- Purchasing seeds using SNAP benefits at any place that accepts SNAP benefits
- Comcast: Discounted internet service, no activation fees and no equipment rental fees, free access to Internet training online, in print, or in person
- May be eligible if participate in NSLP, Housing Assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI or others
- Spectrum – low income internet assistance when one or more members of your households are a recipient of one of the following programs: National School Lunch Program (NSLP), Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for the NSLP, Supplemental Security Income (for applicants age 65+ only)
SNAP Fact Sheet – Feeding America
What Americans Get Wrong About SNAP – Washington Post