Arizona Nutrition Assistance Application
Arizona Nutrition Assistance Application is part of the application for Family Assistance Benefits. It is one single application that is used to apply for the following programs Nutrition Assistance (a.k.a.Food Stamps), Cash Assistance (a.k.a. Welfare), and Medical Assistance ( AHCCCS Health Insurance that includes, Medicaid, KidsCare, Arizona Long Term Care, and Medicare Cost Sharing programs).
A single application to cover more than one Arizona Assistance programs makes sense since many low-income families and individuals that have problems meeting their basic needs such as food and shelter most likely would have difficulties paying for medical insurance and affording more nutritious food.
Also, this approach of one application covering multiple programs and services saves time, money, and extra efforts.
The application for Family Assistance Benefits that includes Nutrition Assistance can be downloaded from Arizona Department of Economic Security website.
Anyone interested in getting food stamps can also apply online using Health-e-Arizona PLUS, or in person, at any office of the Department of Economic Security.
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After the Arizona Nutrition Assistance application is submitted the applicant is contacted for eligibility interview, also called a fact-finding interview.
Any additional information is requested by telephone or mail. Final eligibility decision is sent by mail.
I Need Food Assistance Now. It is an Emergency!
Some households may get Expedited Services – that is getting Food Assistance Benefits within 7 calendar days if your household has less than $150 in monthly gross income and liquid resources (cash, checking or savings accounts) of $100 or less; or your rent/mortgage and utilities are more than your household’s combined monthly income and liquid resources; or a member of your household is a migrant or seasonal farm worker. Call 1-800-352-8401 for more information on Arizona Nutrition Assistance (NA) Program.
Sources: State Agencies, FNS, USDA