Food Stamps Application Instructions

To apply for Iowa SNAP (Food Stamps), you have the following choices:

Apply Online

It's easy to apply online for Iowa Food Stamps. In order to apply, you first need to create an account on Iowa's HHS Services portal.

You will be able to fill the application form online from the link. Once you've completed the form, just hit submit and wait for reply from Department of Human Services (DHS).

Apply Via Mail

To apply for SNAP through email, you will have to download application for Food Stamps. After you download the application, fill it and send it to DHS office. Here are download links for the application:

Click here to download the English Application.

Apply in Person

You can also apply in person for Iowa Food Stamps (SNAP). In order to do so, you will have visit the Iowa DHS office, located at 1305 E. Walnut St. Hoover/ACFS/5th Floor Des Moines, Iowa. You can find a DHS office near you by clicking here.

You will be required to bring necessary documents, including ID and financial documents, at the office. Try coming in early so that you can get served first. The DHS office treats on first come first serve basis.

After you have been enrolled, you will receive your Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Card in your mail. Make sure that you've provided correct mailing address. After you receive the card, you will have to call number provided with the card to activate card and create a password for using the card.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to receive SNAP (Food Stamps) benefits in Iowa, the following eligibility criteria has to be met.

  • U.S citizen or a qualified alien
  • Resident of state of Iowa
  • Child born in U.S with non-U.S parents
  • Meet all the income guidelines

Income Eligibility

Household Size Max Gross Monthly Income Max Net Monthly Income
1 $1,473 $1,133
2 $1,984 $1,526
3 $2,495 $1,920
4 $3,007 $2,313
5 $3,518 $2,706
6 $4,029 $3,100
7 $4,541 $3,493
8 $5,052 $3,886