To receive SNAP benefits in Illinois you would need to apply for Illinois food stamps. Eligibility for food stamps in Illinois depends on things like the number of people in your household, income, and resources such as available cash, bank accounts, etc. Income can include the money you make from work as well as benefits you may be receiving such as Social Security, unemployment, and SSI. To find out if you are eligible to receive Illinois food stamps and how much you could receive on your Illinois EBT card you can use the online pre-screening tool. Please note that the pre-screening tool is not an application for SNAP benefits.
Below we provide information to apply for food stamps in Illinois online, by phone or through a form you fill out and send into your local office. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in Illinois is called the Illinois SNAP. The department that handles the Illinois food stamp program is called the Illinois Department of Human Services. Illinois food stamp applicants must be approved or denied in 30 days or less. If you have very little or no money, you may get benefits more quickly such as within 7 days. If you already receive SNAP benefits in Illinois and need to know how to check your EBT card balance online, check Illinois food stamp balance online.