Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program

Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program

Local Office Address: 10 S Oaks Ave Red Lodge, MT 59068 at Office of Public Assistance

Mailing Address: PO Box 670 Red Lodge, MT 59068

Montana Hotline Number: 1-888-706-1835

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM

Website: http://www.apply.mt.gov

Services Offered: SNAP helps low-income people by the food they need for good health. SNAP benefits are not cash. SNAP benefits are provided on an electronic card that is used like an ATM or bank card to buy food at most grocery stores. Balance of card services can be tracked online at ebt.mt.gov. Service was formerly known as food stamps.

Eligibility: Determined by evaluating specific nonfinancial and financial criteria. Households may have $2,000 in countable resources, such as a bank account, or $3000 in countable resources if at least one person is age 60 or older, or is disabled.  However, certain resources are NOT counted, such as a home and lot, the resources of people who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the resources of people who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF, formerly AFDC), and most pension programs. Households have to meet income tests unless all members are receiving TANF, SSI, or in some places general assistance. Most households must meet both the gross and net income tests, but a household with an elderly person or a person who is receiving certain types of disability payments only has to meet the net income test.

Department of Agriculture pre-screening tool to determine eligibility

Applying for SNAP benefits: A member of your household has to apply at the local office, address is listed above. If you are unable to go to the local office, you may have another person, called an authorized representative, apply and be interviewed on your behalf. You must designate the authorized representative  in writing. Normally a household must file an application form, have a face-to-face interview, and provide proof (verification) of certain information, such as income and expenses. The office interview may be waived if the household is unable to appoint an authorized representative and no household member is able to go to the office because of age or disability. If the office interview is waived, the local office of public assistance will interview you by telephone or provide other options. Online application link is below

Online Application for SNAP

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