Arkansas Food Stamps Approval, Rules, Proofs Required for SNAP Assistance
Department of Human Services office worker has to interview you and verify provided information before determining if the household is eligible for Arkansas food stamps approval a.k.a SNAP benefits.
Arkansas DHS lists examples of information and proofs you may be asked to provide at the interview:
- Valid I.D. showing the name of the applicant
- Proof of address
- Social security numbers for everyone in the household;
- Proof of all household income;
- Proof of the amount of money all in the household has in bank accounts
- Proof of legal alien status for anyone who is not a U.S. Citizen
- Medical bills for anyone in the household who is age 60 or older or who get disability check
- 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 SNAP 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. In Arkansas, this is the SNAP Employment and Training Program (E & T). It is a voluntary employment and training program for adults in households getting Arkansas SNAP benefits.
To operate the SNAP Employment and Training Program the Arkansas Department of Human Services contracts with participating adult education centers, public schools, vocational schools, and community colleges. Through its employment related services, the E & T program provides eligible participants with the opportunity to engage in independent job search, on the job training and get work experience and transition to economic independence.
SNAP benefits recipients in Arkansas 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 or medically certified as physically or mentally unfit for employment or pregnant.
Applicants waiting for SNAP benefits approval in Arkansas should get a response within 30 days from the date they submitted their application to the local DHS office. Households cannot receive food stamps assistance from more than one Arkansas county in a month. Households getting food stamps benefits must report any changes of their household situation in a period determined by the DHS office to assure their participation in the Food Assistance Program.
Approved! When and How Do I Get the Food Stamps Benefits?
Approved for Arkansas SNAP benefits applicants get an Electronic Benefits Card (EBT) card. The EBT card can be used as a debit card at any Arkansas 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 over eight days, between the 4th and the 13th of every month, based on the last digit of the client’s Social Security Number (SSN). If the:
SSN ends in 0 or 1 = benefits available on the 4th of the month
SSN ends in 2 or 3 = benefits available on the 5th of the month
SSN ends in 4 = benefits available on the 8th of the month
SSN ends in 5 = benefits available on the 9th of the month
SSN ends in 6 = benefits available on the 10th of the month
SSN ends in 7 = benefits available on the 11th of the month
SSN ends in 8 = benefits available on the 12th of the month
SSN ends in 9 = benefits available on the 13th of the month
If you have any question regarding your EBT Account or EBT Card call Arkansas EBT Customer Service: 1-800-997-9999