I just got out of prison, how I can get emergency food stamps?

A) If you have just been released from prison and are in need of emergency food assistance, you may be eligible for expedited Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

Expedited SNAP benefits are designed to help individuals and families facing an emergency situation, such as being released from prison, to access food assistance as quickly as possible. The specific eligibility requirements and application process for expedited benefits vary by state, but in general, you may be eligible if you meet certain criteria such as having little or no income, limited resources, and a household in need of food assistance.

To apply for expedited SNAP benefits, you should contact your local SNAP office as soon as possible. You can find the contact information for your state’s SNAP office on the USDA’s website or by calling the national SNAP hotline at 1-800-221-5689.

When you contact the SNAP office, be sure to explain your situation and ask about expedited benefits. You may be required to provide documentation, such as proof of release from prison or identification, to verify your eligibility.

It’s also a good idea to ask about other food assistance programs that may be available in your area, such as food banks or meal programs. Many local organizations provide free or low-cost food to individuals in need, and your SNAP office may be able to provide you with information on these resources.

You can qualify for food stamps – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other assistance after being released from prison. Whether you are convicted or not and are incarcerated or released from incarceration, you can always sign up for your state’s Food Stamp and other social service programs. To apply for benefits or get information about SNAP, you must contact your local SNAP office. Click your state (or NYC) on the map below for contact and application information. Each state has its own application form. If your state’s form is not on the web, you’ll need to contact your local SNAP office to request one. Please visit https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/state-directory to locate your state and apply for Food Stamp.