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WHAT IS SNAP?

SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. SNAP gives people struggling with low household income extra help buying food such as fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods. SNAP is funded by the federal government and distributed by individual states. River Bend Food Bank can discuss SNAP eligibility if you live in our service area in Illinois or Iowa.

How does the SNAP application process work?

STEP 1

Request an appointment with us to complete application over the phone

STEP 2

Complete a phone interview with Illinois or Iowa DHS

STEP 3

Approved or denied by Illinois DHS FCRC or Iowa DHS within 30 days

Apply for SNAP benefits in IllinoisApply for SNAP benefits in IowaSNAP FAQs

Do I qualify for SNAP benefits?

If your monthly income falls under the maximum amount based on your household in the table below, you may be eligible for SNAP benefits.

*Some monthly expenses may be deducted and reduce your gross monthly income. If you live in Illinois, please contact our SNAP Outreach Coordinator to answer questions. If you live in Iowa, please contact the Iowa HelpLine.

Iowa Residents:

Number of People in Home
Single/Family Gross Monthly Income
1
2
3
4
5
6
For each additional household member, add:
$1,703
$2,300
$2,896
$3,495
$4,092
$4,688
$599/month

Illinois Residents:

Number of People in Home
Single/Family Gross Monthly Income
Seniors (60+) and Disabled Households
1
2
3
4
5
6
For each additional household member, add:
$1,755
$2,371
$2,987
$3,603
$4,219
$4,835
$616/month
$2,127
$2,873
$3,620
$4,367
$5,113
$5,860
$747/month

ALERT – Be aware of SNAP scams

Applicants for SNAP in Illinois and Iowa should be aware there is NEVER a fee to apply for benefits. Be on the lookout for ads on the internet falsely offering to help fill out applications in exchange for any kind of fee.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027), found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of AgricultureOffice of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
 

DONATE

River Bend Foodbank relies on the generosity of its supporters to help fight hunger in eastern lowa and western Illinois. Each year, over 22 million meals are missed in our service area. Your financial support is essential to bridging the meal gap in our community.

 

VOLUNTEER

Volunteers are crucial to the operation of River Bend Foodbank. Without volunteers, it would not be possible to collect, sort, and repack all of the food that comes through our warehouse every day as well as distribute food through our various programs. Together we can solve hunger™.

 

FIND FOOD

If you or a loved one is hungry, please let us help you. Use our website to locate a food pantry or meal site in your area.