COVID-19, General, People Facing Barriers, SSI

Save Time Applying for SNAP and SSI

October 21, 2021 • By

Last Updated: October 21, 2021

young woman and older woman reviewing information on a laptopThe COVID-19 pandemic continues to impose hardships, especially on people who face barriers to our services and benefits. We want you to know about other benefits you may be entitled to receive. This includes the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program – or SNAP.

SNAP is a federal program – run by state agencies – that helps people with low-income purchase nutritious food.

When you apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you can also apply for SNAP. If you and everyone in your household are applying for or already receive SSI payments, Social Security will:

  • Help you complete the SNAP application by phone. Call us toll-free at 1-800-772-1213 or at our TTY number, 1-800-325-0778, if you’re deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Help you complete the application in person if you have a scheduled appointment.
  • Mail you a SNAP application if you request one by phone.
  • Send the completed application to the local SNAP office for you.

All other applicants, including people who apply for or receive only Social Security benefits, should take or send their SNAP application to their local SNAP office. You may also submit your SNAP application online. To find your local SNAP office or apply online, visit the Food and Nutrition Service’s SNAP State Directory of Resources website. You can also call the SNAP information line toll free at 1-800-221-5689.

To see if you’re eligible for SNAP, check out the SNAP Eligibility page. We also encourage you to check out our publication, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Facts, for additional information on the program.

Our efforts align with the President’s mission to address nutrition insecurity for America’s families – and help you secure today and tomorrow. Please share this information with your family and friends – and post it on social media.


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  1. Cynthia M.

    I receive SS and Snap benefits. The government
    is starting to cut back to prepandemic benefits.
    I have accumulated quite abit in benefits. Will I
    lose these benefits if they are not used by a certain time?
    .

    Reply
    • Ann C.

      Hi, Cynthia. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask that members in our Blog community work with our offices with specific questions. You can call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., for assistance. Generally, you will have a shorter wait if you call later in the day. You can also contact your local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

      Reply
  2. Cynthia W.

    Me and my husband and mother inlaw live together just to make ends meet but with the price of food and meds we are not making ends meet we are all disabled and getting ssi. And i am on oxygen and so we dont have or get snap and right now we really need the help what do we do we dont get out much so please let us know what we should do ssi just isnt enough to live on.

    Reply
    • Vonda

      Hi Cynthia. Thanks for reaching out. You may be eligible to receive social services from the state in which you live. These services include free meals, housekeeping help, transportation, or help with other problems. You can get information about services in your area from your state or local social services office. You can also visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services web page for more information. We hope this is helpful.

      Reply
  3. Lee T.

    If a person is 57 and has applied for SSDI, eligible to apply for SSI. Or, must a person prove they are disabled by SSDI before before applying for SSI.

    Reply
    • Vonda

      Hi Lee, thanks for using our blog. If you have low income and limited resources, you may be able to receive SSI in addition to monthly Social Security disability benefits. The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is a needs-based program that pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources. SSI benefits also are payable to people 65 and older without disabilities, who meet the financial limits. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, on the other hand, are based on earnings and are not subject to income and resource limits. For more information on the difference between Social Security disability and SSI, check out our Frequently Asked Questions web page.

      If you have additional questions, you can call us at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance or you can contact your local Social Security office. Please look for the general inquiry telephone number at the Social Security Office Locator. The number may appear under Show Additional Office Information.  We hope this information helps.

      Reply
    • Visaghan B.

      Thanks to relief program,I have been trying to get my social security account!!

      Reply
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  6. Anthony J.

    Dear Acting Commissioner Dr. Kilolo Kijakazi:

    I subscribed to the President’s newsletter. The President needs to produce an Executive Office of the President FY 22 budget request exactly like the Commissioner must produce a 2021 Annual Report of the Supplemental Security Income Program. The regular budget is too bankrupt to get high, in excess of 3 percent inflation, with every sales person and produce more decadent American Jobs and Families Plans and Build Back Better Frameworks, net worth “community violence initiative”, to leave our 85 percent subsidized preschool children half poor, snot nosed caregivers without hydrocortisone, eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint or salt to help water compete with expensive hospital and nursing home care for Medicare dollars, DC trails obstructed by unfinished union construction jobs, DC trials obstructed by the J. Edgar Hoover Office Building and repeal of OASDI tax loophole to end child poverty by 2024 and all poverty by 2030 neglected. Having been so poorly treated by DC, unless the President nominates me Public Trustee or the agencies pay for my work, I will not conduct another audit of the federal government until after the Appalachian Trail and 2024 election http://www.title24uscode.org/netspend.pdf

    Applicant Public Trustee,
    Anthony J. Sanders
    Hospitals & Asylums

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    • Anthony J.

      The FY 22 Executive Office of the President budget must completely abolish that pseudo-ephedrine Office of National Drug Control Policy.

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  7. Jennifer M.

    Been trying to reach Washoe county SSI ssa office for months the rep that called me Heidi her voicemail is always full I need to get access to my app status am told things will be mailed and never receive anything.
    My identity was stolen shortly after applying very confused if anyone from Reno office can contact me asdawarereno@gmail.com 7756220713

    Reply
    • Vonda

      Hi Jennifer, thanks for reaching out. We are sorry  to hear about the difficulties you are experiencing.  You can call us at 1-800-772-1213 between 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (TTY 1-800-325-0778) or you can contact your local Social Security office. Please look for the general inquiry telephone number at the Social Security Office Locator. The number may appear under Show Additional Office Information. We hope this information helps.

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    • Lyquinta M.

      Payment

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  8. Suncha M.

    My phone numbers is correct and The SSN officially says my phone numbers isn’t correct and so I Tried call SSN offices I can’t connect to any one else I had a spending my Time’s one hrs no one else to talk to this is very stressed 😩 for me … I wish to talking to someone else call me my phone numbers 7372241331 Please or Email back to me at Smoyer1670@yahoo.com
    I really want to correct my phone numbers and so I could asking to my questions
    Or they are can send me unverified Document send me …Sincerely
    Suncha Moyer

    Reply
    • Vonda

      Hi Suncha, thanks for reaching out. We are sorry  to hear about the difficulties you are experiencing.  You can call us at 1-800-772-1213 between 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (TTY 1-800-325-0778) or you can contact your local Social Security office. Please look for the general inquiry telephone number at the Social Security Office Locator. The number may appear under Show Additional Office Information. We hope this information helps.

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  10. Sherrie D.

    I have been trying to get in my social security account but when they send me the code I put it in ,it takes me back to what can we help you with , it does it Everytime I put my code in, I don’t understand why

    Reply
    • Vonda

      Hi Sherrie, thanks for reaching out. We are sorry to hear about the difficulties you are experiencing. If you created a my Social Security account before September 18, 2021, go to http://www.ssa.gov/myaccount and click on “Sign In” and then click on “Sign In To My Account” where you enter your username and password using the boxes on the far right. You do not sign in using login.gov or id.me because you created your account before September 18, 2021.  If you continue to have difficulties, call our dedicated my Social Security Hotline at 1-800-772-1213, and say “helpdesk” at the voice prompt. The help desk is available to callers between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). You can also contact your local Social Security office directly. Look for the general inquiry telephone number using our Social Security Office Locator link. We hope this helps.

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