Illinois Department of Human Services, Northern Local Office (Food Stamps, Cash & Medical)
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps low-income people and families buy the food they need for good health.
You apply for benefits by completing an application form. Benefits are provided on the Link Card - an electronic card that is accepted at most grocery stores.
The program is managed by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the United States Department of Agriculture. The Department of Human Services administers the program in Illinois.
Most households with low income can get SNAP benefits. The rules are complex, so all of the details are not here. The most important factors which determine the amount of, and eligibility for, SNAP benefits are:
- income and expenses;
- the number of persons who live and eat together; and
- the amount of available liquid assets, such as money in checking and savings accounts.
Use the SNAP Eligibility Calculator to give an estimate of possible benefits. This is only an estimate. Your application must be reviewed by DHS staff at the Family Community Resource Center. If you are eligible, you will receive a notice of your eligibility.
Most households are not eligible if they have resources greater than $2,000 ($3,000 if someone is age 60 or older.) Some things people often have, such as their home, jewelry, and other personal items, don't count.