Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
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PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19 precautions regarding social distancing, DHS office lobbies are available only to customers by appointment.
DHS is implementing COVID-19 precautions for all visitors entering office lobbies across the state. These rules will impact customers coming into state offices for scheduled in-person appointments beginning Monday, June 1, 2020.
The new guidelines include:
- Arriving alone to drop-off or pick-up documents or take part in scheduled in-person appointments.
- Wearing a mask or cloth face covering.
- Answering COVID-19 health screening questions and passing a temperature check.
- Maintaining a distance of 6 feet from others.
- Not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.
Some interview requirements have been temporarily waived for individuals receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) benefits. Customers filing initial applications and recertifications are not required to visit an office provided their identity has been verified and all other mandatory verifications have been completed.
You can apply for many of our services online.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) provides nutritional assistance benefits to children and families, the elderly, the disabled, unemployed and working families. SNAP helps supplement monthly food budgets of families with low-income to buy the food they need to maintain good health and allow them to direct more of their available income toward essential living expenses. DHS staff determines the eligibility of applicants based on guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The primary goals of the program are to alleviate hunger and malnutrition and to improve nutrition and health in eligible households. DHS has a dual focus on alleviating hunger and establishing or re-establishing self-sufficiency.
SNAP Online Purchasing
Beginning June 1, 2020, SNAP recipients will be able to use their benefits to buy authorized food items https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/eligible-food-items online through Amazon and Walmart locations across the state. Purchasing will be available through Amazon beginning June 1, 2020. Walmart will accept SNAP benefits for online purchases to be picked up at two locations (577 N. Germantown Parkway in Cordova and 4150 Ringgold Rd. in East Ridge) on June 1, 2020, and statewide on June 2, 2020.
IMPORTANT: SNAP benefits cannot be used for delivery fees and SNAP recipients who receive cash benefits on their EBT cards will not be able to apply those non-SNAP benefits to online purchases.
Families can access this new resource by entering their Electronic Benefit Card (EBT) information on Amazon's SNAP dedicated website (www.amazon.com/SNAP) or by following the guidelines Walmart has established for SNAP online purchasing (https://www.walmart.com/ideas/discover-grocery-pickup-delivery/walmart-grocery-pickup-accepts-snap-ebt-payments/355540).
The following links may contain answers to additional questions regarding online SNAP Purchases:
- What can SNAP buy?
Visit https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/eligible-food-items to lean what items are eligible.
- What do I need to make a SNAP purchase on Amazon?
SNAP recipients must have an Amazon user account and register their SNAP EBT card before making a purchase. Food items are marked SNAP EBT eligible, once the EBT card has been registered. An EBT card can also be added at the point of checkout. Shipping fees cannot be paid using SNAP benefits, however, some shipping costs are waivered with a minimum purchase. Visit this website to learn more. Cash benefits loaded on an EBT card cannot be used for online purchases. Purchases can be made through Amazon Fresh, Amazon Pantry, and Amazon Grocery. Learn more at www.amazon.com/SNAP.
- What do I need to make SNAP purchase at Walmart’s online? – SNAP recipients will be able to make purchases through Walmart Grocery Pick Up. Purchases can be made at walmrt.com/grocery or on the Walmart Grocery mobile app. During check out, select EBT card as a payment method. When picking up groceries, swipe your EBT card with the Walmart associate. Learn more at https://www.walmart.com/ideas/discover-grocery-pickup-delivery/walmart-grocery-pickup-accepts-snap-ebt-payments/355540
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If you are applying for SNAP benefits, the documents listed below may be needed to complete the application process.
YOU MAY NEED PAPERS THAT SHOW:
- Social Security Number
- Your Identification (Example: driver's license, school ID with photo, Passport, Resident Alien Card, I-94 card, voter's registration card)
- Where you live (Example: lease agreement, utility bill, phone bill, or driver’s license with your address on it)
- Income (Example: check stubs, employer statement, award letters)
- Shelter costs (Example: mortgage payments, property tax, homeowner’s insurance, rent receipt, lease agreement)
- Costs of utilities (Example: electric bill, water bill, gas bill)
You may be asked to provide more information during your interview. Your eligibility counselor will explain what information is needed, how to get it and help you if you need assistance.
Family Assistance Service Center
615-743-2000 (Nashville area)
SNAP benefits are issued and accessed electronically using a Benefit Security Card or EBT Card. To apply for benefits, submit your application online or visit the local DHS county office.
Current SNAP recipients can find information on their case with CaseConnect.
If you do not already have a TDHS account, you will need to create one to access services (e.g. CaseConnect).
Discounted $50 Zoo Memberships offered to SNAP Participants
Participant must purchase the membership onsite at the Zoo’s Membership Building. Please tell the Membership Associate that you wish to use the SNAP discount and present both a valid SNAP/EBT card and ID to them. After SNAP discount the rate will be $50 (regular rate is currently $145). May not be combined with any other offers.
The Tennessee Department of Human Services is prepared to provide replacement Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to families who suffered losses due to severe weather which may have caused power outages.
These replacement benefits are available for existing SNAP recipients who:
- Lost food due to a power outage of 12 hours or more
- Lost food due to home damage
Individuals requesting replacement benefits need to sign an affidavit and send it to DHS using the File Upload tool, available here: https://fileupload.dhs.tn.gov/.
SNAP recipients must request replacement benefits within 10 (ten) calendar days of experiencing food loss. Once approved, SNAP replacement benefits are issued on the current recipient’s EBT card. Replacement SNAP benefits will be authorized for the value of the loss only and can’t exceed the current month’s allotment.
Due to COVID-19 precautions regarding social distancing, DHS office lobbies are available only to customers by appointment.
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TDHS is currently reviewing and revising its SNAP policies in order to simplify, streamline, and ensure the documents reflect our current best practice. While the initial policy review and revision is conducted, there may be some conflicts or incongruence between some portions of the policy manual and the new or revised policies. If you have questions related to SNAP policies please email SnapPolicy.DHS@tn.gov.
The non-discrimination section of the SNAP Policy Manual has been replaced by
USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or
3. email: email@example.com.
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