Food Stamps: How long will processing my SNAP application take?

Millions of Americans use the food stamp SNAP program available in the United States to help low income families afford food.

food stamp application

SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and it provides benefits for healthy and nutritional groceries.

The total processing time of an application can take up to six weeks.

It’s important to be sure you’ve submitted all the correct information, otherwise you run the risk of delaying your processing time.


SNAP benefit payment schedule

Documents necessary for applying for food stamps

  • Birth certificate
  • Social Security number
  • W-2
  • Tax returns if self employed
  • Citizenship documents if born outside the U.S.

Up to $100 in SNAP benefits for eligible children

Eligibility requirements for food stamps

There are three major factors that make someone eligible for food stamps.

This includes household income, combined household resources, and employment situation.

Household income and food stamp eligibility takes into account the number of people living in the home.


There is a higher threshold for homes with more people.

Resources cannot exceed a certain dollar amount and includes money in bank accounts.

If employed, you may not quit a job intentionally to keep benefits.

You must be registered to work and if a job is offered to you, you must take it.