People across the U.S. are in need of state benefits. See this guide to learn how to find and use the SNAP benefit calculator and eligibility screening tool online.
SNAP Benefit Calculator & Estimator
What to Do?
To get started …
Keep in mind that this tool will provide an “estimate” on the benefits you may be qualified to receive. The calculator is based only on income and a few expenses. The calculation may be different than your actual benefits. But at least, the online tool will give you some type of answer.
SNAP Pre-Screening Eligibility Tool
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program offers the tool online.
- See the page at www.snap-step1.usda.gov/fns/ to get started.
During the estimating process, keep in mind that the tool is not an application for benefits. To complete and submit an application for SNAP, you will need to go to your local office.
How to Use the Screening Tool
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food & Nutrition Service (FNS) provides the pre-screening tool online to help you find out if you may be eligible to receive benefits from your state. It is not your application, but it can help you better understand if you or other family members should apply at your local SNAP office.
The tool can also calculate an estimate of how much you will get.
Some of the information and amounts you will need include:
- your earnings
- your rent or mortgage payment
- child support
- utility bills
- medical bills
- day care expenses
What Could You Qualify For?
You may qualify certain benefits including:
- Cash Assistance
- Low or No Cost Health care
- Help with buying food
Food (SNAP) Benefit Estimator
Sometimes you may want to just see what benefit level you may qualify.
- If that is the case, see the page here.
The estimate is based just on income and some expenses. Keep in mind that your actual food stamp benefits will depend, and your case worker will be able to calculate that total amount.
Find a Local Office in Your Area
Looking for a SNAP office in your area? See this listing of State Information and Hotline Phone Numbers for each state. Most of the phone numbers are toll-free. Call them with further questions.
We hope this guide has answered your questions and you found it to be helpful.