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How to Apply for Food Stamps in Memphis, Tennessee

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Most of us would rather not have to depend on others to meet our needs. Occasionally, though, circumstances arise in which we need a little help. If you are struggling financially and want to apply for food stamps, read below to find out how.
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: 45 days

Here's How:

  1. Check your eligibility. The Tenneessee Department of Human Services provides a handy online screening tool to determine if you are eligible to receive food stamps. Click here to access this tool.
  2. Fill out an application. If you are eligible, you can fill out an application online or in person at one of the following locations:
    • 170 North Main Street Memphis, TN 38103-1820 (901) 543-7351
    • 3230 Jackson Ave.
      Memphis, TN 38122-1011
      (901) 320-7200
    • 3360 South Third Street
      Memphis, TN 38109-2944
      (901) 344-5040
  3. Gather documentation of identity. If you apply for food stamps in person or if you are asked to come in for an interview, you must bring the following original documents: proof of citizenship such as birth certificate, passport, or citizenship or immigration papers; proof of identity such as driver's license, voter’s registration card, Health Department or school records, I-94 card, passport, or Resident Alien card; proof of age such as birth certificate, or hospital, baptismal, or school records; and proof of residency such as rent receipts, mortgage book, property tax statement, or homeowner's insurance.
  4. Gather financial documentation. You will also need to supply the Department of Human Services with proof of the following: cost of utilities such as MLGW and phone bills; value of life insurance such as policies and bills; income such as check stubs and W-2 forms; financial resources such as bank accounts, CDs, savings bonds, property, and automobiles; medical records, needed only in case of a disability claim; absent parent, any documentation showing where absent parent is; deceased parent such as death certificate; unemployment such as layoff notice, employer statement, or unemployment benefits records.
  5. Be prepared to wait. It can take up to 45 days for your application to be approved or denied. A DHS caseworker may also contact you to provide additional information or documentation.

Tips:

  1. There is frequently a long wait at DHS offices. For this reason, it is best to submit your application online.
  2. Once approved, you will not actually receive stamps. These days, your food stamp benefits will be loaded onto an EBT card that works like a debit card.

What You Need

  • Documentation of identity
  • Documentation of financial situation
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