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SNAP Benefits: What to do if your food stamps are late or rejected

Sometimes people think they’re eligible for food stamps but are right on the edge of eligibility.
Losing out on benefits when you need them or having them arrive late can be difficult.

Food stamps are part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP. Over 42 million Americans are collecting them.

The program helps to feed Americans dealing with food insecurity while giving them healthy options.

Related: Here are five things SNAP food stamp recipients can get besides food with their EBT card

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Here is what to do if you’re denied food stamp SNAP benefits or are facing delays

Every state uses their own rules to decide who is and is not eligible for food stamps. While the rules vary, some are the same.

Most people can collect food stamps if their gross income is up to 130% of the federal poverty line and if they meet the work requirements.

Rejection may mean you just don’t meet these requirements. If you do not agree with that decision you may appeal it.

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First, contact your location you applied at.

The application could’ve been denied by accident due to missing details. That would be quick to resolve.

Further rejection can result in asking for a fair hearing trial with someone fully aware of all rules.

You can also ask for a hearing within 60 days of receiving a letter saying your food stamps are being stopped or reduced.

Related: How can I buy groceries online with SNAP food stamps?

Hearings can be requested in writing or with the Fair Hearing Request Form.

If you’re eligible for food stamps but they are late, you can make a complaint.

The easiest way to do this is by calling where you applied because it varies by state.

New York allows you to file a complaint online or call 311.

Related: Are you supposed to work while on food stamps, or SNAP benefits? Are food stamps different for people with no kids?

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