How To Apply For Iowa Food Stamps

Get the SNAP eligibility requirements when you apply for Iowa food stamps. You would need to contact your local state or county SNAP office to fill out and submit your food stamp application. For Iowa, you can now apply for food stamps online at https://secureapp.dhs.state.ia.us/oasis/. Before you apply for the Iowa Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, you can first determine if you meet the eligibility requirements using the food stamp pre-screening tool online at http://www.snap-step1.usda.gov/. Using this tool is not considered an application for Iowa SNAP benefits, you either must setup an appointment with your local office to submit your food stamp application, or if available, you can submit your food stamp application online. If you need to find a list of local SNAP offices in Iowa or if you need to know your current food stamp balance, check Iowa EBT card balance. Below is a general guideline for the Iowa food stamp eligibility requirements.

Household Resource Requirements

If at a minimum one person in the household is 60 years old or older, or disabled they can have $3,250 in countable resources. Otherwise a household may have $2,250 in countable resources, which would include such things like bank accounts. Some resources are not counted towards this amount, this would include a home and a lot, people who receive benefits such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), people who receive TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) and most retirement plans. Each state has their own process when handling vehicles, states have the option to substitute the vehicle rules used in the TANF assistance programs for SNAP vehicle rules when it is determined the results are in a lower attribution of household assets. Some states exclude the entire value of the household's main vehicle as an asset. When states count the value of vehicles, they use the fair market value of each licensed vehicle in their evaluation that is not excluded from the household resources.

Household Income Requirements

Unless all members of the household are receiving TANF, SSI or general assistance, they have to meet the income tests. In most cases, households must meet both gross and net income tests, however if there is an elderly person or if a person in the household is receiving certain types of disability payments then they are only required to meet the net income test. Households that have income above the amounts listed below, unless otherwise noted above, will not be able to qualify for Iowa SNAP benefits. Gross income is the household total before any deductions have been made. Net income means gross income minus allowable deductions. SNAP gross and net income limits are higher in Alaska and Hawaii.

Household Size Gross Monthly Income
(130% of poverty)
Net Monthly Income
(100% of poverty)
1 $1,265 $973
2 1,705 1,311
3 2,144 1,650
4 2,584 1,988
5 3,024 2,326
6 3,464 2,665
7 3,904 3,003
8 4,344 3,341
Each additional member +440 +339

The Following Deductions Are Allowed:

  • A 20 percent deduction from earned income
  • A standard deduction of $155 for households sizes of 1 to 3 people and $165 for a household size of 4
  • A dependent care deduction when needed for work, training, or education
  • Medical expenses for the elderly or disabled exceeding $35/month not paid by a person or insurance
  • Legally owed child support payments
  • Some States allow homeless households a set amount ($143) for shelter costs
  • Excess shelter costs that are more than half of the household's income after the other deductions

Amount Of Household Benefit Allotment

If the day of your food stamp application falls any time after the first day of the month, then your benefits will be provided from the day the household applies. SNAP benefits are available to all eligible households regardless of race, sex, religious creed, national origin, or political beliefs.

Household Size Maximum Monthly Allotment
1 $194
2 $357
3 $511
4 $649
5 $771
6 $925
7 $1,022
8 $1,169
Each additional person $146

Employment Requirements

For the most part, ABAWDS between 18 and 50 who do not have dependent children can only get SNAP benefits for 3 months within a 36-month period. This is if they do not work or participate in a workfare or employment and training program other than job search. At some locations these employment requirements have been waived. With some exceptions, able-bodied adults between 16 and 60 must register for work, accept suitable employment, and take part in an employment and training program to which they are referred by the local office. Failure to comply with these requirements can result in disqualification from the Program.

Special Rules for the Elderly or Disabled

Most SNAP rules apply to all households, but there are a few special rules for households that contain an elderly or disabled member.

Who is Elderly?
A person is elderly if he or she is 60 years of age or older.

Who is Disabled?
Generally, a person is considered to be disabled for SNAP purposes if he or she:

  • Receives Federal disability or blindness payments under the Social Security Act, including Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security disability or blindness payments; or
  • Receives State disability or blindness payments based on SSI rules; or
  • Receives a disability retirement benefit from a governmental agency because of a disability considered permanent under the Social Security Act; or
  • Receives an annuity under the Railroad Retirement Act and is eligible for Medicare or is considered to be disabled based on the SSI rules; or
  • Is a veteran who is disabled, permanently housebound, or in need of regular aid and attendance; or
  • Is a surviving spouse or child of a veteran who is receiving VA benefits and is considered to be permanently disabled.

Immigrant Eligibility Requirements

The 2002 Farm Bill restores SNAP eligibility to most legal immigrants that:

  • Have lived in the country for 5 years or
  • Are receiving disability-related assistance or benefits or
  • Children under 18

Certain non-citizens such as those admitted for humanitarian reasons and those admitted for permanent residence may also eligible for the program. Eligible household members can get SNAP benefits even if there are other members of the household that are not eligible. Non-citizens that are in the U.S. temporarily, such as students, are not eligible.

The information provided above can be used as a general guideline for people looking to apply for Iowa food stamps. Each state has their own process and eligibility requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. To find out more about the eligibility requirements to qualify for SNAP benefits visit the online USDA SNAP eligibility page. If you have already submitted your Iowa food stamp application and need to know the status, you would need to contact your case worker and request the current status.