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Food Stamp Program - Applying for Services

  • Tennesseans may apply for food stamp benefits at their local Department of Human Services county office.
  • Applications are available in English - Spanish - Arabic - Somali.
  • Applicants may also apply online or check for potential eligibility. Click here to apply online. After the online application has been submitted, the applicant will receive an appointment for an interview.
  • In order to determine eligibility for the program, DHS caseworkers may ask for documentation like birth certificates, social security cards, check stubs, bank statements, utility bills, rent receipts, tax returns, and insurance policies. Applicants are notified by mail (within 45 days of the application date  for Families First 30 days of the application date for SNAP) of the eligibility decision.
  • Contact the local Department of Human Services office if a written notice is not received or the eligibility decision is not satisfactory.