Thursday, October 06, 2011

Arizona SNAP Food Stamps

If you are interested in applying for Arizona SNAP Food Stamps, you will need to fill out an application that is submitted to the Arizona Department of Economic Security or DES. The latter department is the local department that manages food stamp eligibility determinations. The Arizona SNAP Food Stamps program is federally controlled through the Food and Nutrition Service as well as United States Department of Agriculture.

In the year 2008, the United States Congress changed the official name of the food stamp program to the SNAP program: this is an acronym for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program. In an effort to minimize the stigma that has long been associated with food stamp use, the state of Arizona now issues food stamps on a debit card which is electronically funded a monthly basis provided that applicants remains eligible for the Arizona Snap Food Stamps program.

If you are interested in applying for Arizona SNAP food stamps, there are prescreening tools that you can use online to determine your eligibility and to estimate how much you will get in food stamps. Bear in mind that any figures you receive through the prescreening tool are merely estimates and qualifying factors can either increase or decrease the actual amount you will receive.

When you have filled out an application and you have submitted it, within seven days you will know if you qualify for expedited food stamps. At the latest, you will know within 30 days from filing the application whether or not you are approved for the food stamp program. To make sure your application is processed in a timely fashion you must make sure that you give the department all the documentation required. To begin the application process you can visit the Web portal of the Arizona Department of Economic Security at: