How to Apply for SNAP Food Stamps in Tennessee


Tennessee Department of Human Services


Tennessee Food Stamp Program

Application Instructions

To apply for Food Stamps in Tennessee, locate the nearest Department of Human Services office by clicking here or call the Tennessee SNAP Information Hotline at (866) 311-4287. Applicants can print out the online application and submit the completed form to their local office as instructed. The state of Tennessee also allows residents to apply for the Food Stamp benefits by completing an online screening and application located here.


In order to apply for SNAP benefits in Tennessee, applicants must meet the criteria set forth by the USDA's SNAP Eligibility Requirements, as well as supplying the necessary documentation, including a Social Security Number for each household member, as requested by the state. While an applicant's personal real estate, personal vehicle and personal property do not disqualify a family from receiving benefits, countable assets such as bank accounts should not exceed $2000, or $3000 if the home has an elderly or disabled occupant. Households must have a gross monthly income at or below 130 percent of the Federal poverty guidelines. After allowable deductions, a household's monthly net income should be 100 percent or less of the Federal poverty guidelines in order to be eligible for SNAP. Finally, adults residing in a household must also meet work requirements as outlined by the program. For more details about eligibility, please click the link above or use the SNAP Pre-Screening Eligibility Tool. Tennessee residents can complete the Food Stamp Eligibility Screener (link: to determine eligibility prior to applying.

How to Apply For WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children) in Tennessee

Office Contact Number


Office Website

Click here for online application information

Find A Local Office

Click here to find your local WIC office