Alabama Food Assistance Approval

How Alabama Food Assistance Office Determines Eligibility?

The Food Assistance Office has to interview you and verify provided information before determining if the household is eligible for Food Assistance Benefits.

Alabama Department of Human Resources lists examples of information needed at the interview are:

  • social security numbers for everyone in the household;
  • proof of income;
  • current proof of rent or mortgage expenses;
  • proof of child care expenses;
  • proof of obligated child support payments paid to someone outside the household.

The law limits the Food Assistance Benefits to 3 months in a 3-year period for all able-bodied adults between the ages of 18-50 without dependents, who are not working or participating in a work program for at least 20 hours each week.

Food Assistance recipients in Alabama can be exempted from this provision if they are:

  • Under 18 or 50 years of age or older;
  • Responsible for the care of a child or incapacitated household member;
  • Medically certified as physically or mentally unfit for employment or pregnant;
  • Student, at least, half-time in a recognized school, training program, or institution of higher education;
  • Participating and complying with work registration requirements of JOBS or UCB;
  • Participating in an alcohol or drug treatment program.

Applicants for Food Assistance in Alabama should get a response within 30 days from the date they submitted their application to the local Food Assistance Office.

Households cannot receive food stamps assistance from more than one Alabama county in a month. Households getting food stamps benefits must report any changes of their household situation in a 6-months period in order to assure their participation in the Food Assistance Program.

 

 Approved! When and How Do I Get the Food Stamps Benefits?

Approved Food Assistance applicants get an Electronic Benefit Card (EBT) card. The EBT card can be used like a debit card at any Alabama food stamps approved grocery stores and farmers markets. Food assistance benefits are deposited into an EBT account of the beneficiary each month following the Benefit Issuance Schedule. Benefits are made available from the 4th to the 23rd of every month, based on the last two digits of the client’s case number.

If the:

Case number ends in 00-04 = benefits available on the 4th of the month
Case number ends in 05-09 = benefits available on the 5th of the month
Case number ends in 10-14 = benefits available on the 6th of the month
Case number ends in 15-19 = benefits available on the 7th of the month
Case number ends in 20-24 = benefits available on the 8th of the month
Case number ends in 25-29 = benefits available on the 9th of the month
Case number ends in 30-34 = benefits available on the 10th of the month
Case number ends in 35-39 = benefits available on the 11th of the month
Case number ends in 40-44 = benefits available on the 12th of the month
Case number ends in 45-49 = benefits available on the 13th of the month
Case number ends in 50-54 = benefits available on the 14th of the month
Case number ends in 55-59 = benefits available on the 15th of the month
Case number ends in 60-64 = benefits available on the 16th of the month
Case number ends in 65-69 = benefits available on the 17th of the month
Case number ends in 70-74 = benefits available on the 18th of the month
Case number ends in 75-79 = benefits available on the 19th of the month
Case number ends in 80-84 = benefits available on the 20th of the month
Case number ends in 85-89 = benefits available on the 21st of the month
Case number ends in 90-94 = benefits available on the 22nd of the month
Case number ends in 95-99 = benefits available on the 23rd of the month

If you have any question regarding your EBT Account or EBT Card call Alabama EBT Customer Service: 1-800-997-8888

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Sources: State Agencies, FNS, USDA