Skip to Main Content

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

TN Summer EBT for Kids

TN Summer EBT for Kids

Supplemental food program offered to eligible students in Greene, Hancock, and Hawkins County schools.

Starting in May 2018 and continuing through August 2018, selected families with eligible school-aged children will be given Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer for Kids or Summer EBT for Kids cards. The cards will be delivered to eligible homes in May, loaded with $30 per eligible child to spend on food for children. Additional funds will be loaded on the card each month. There is no need to sign up. A child’s eligibility is determined by the child’s school and participation in the Free and Reduced Lunch Program. Tennessee Summer EBT Cards can be used in any store or farmers market authorized to accept SNAP/Food Stamp benefits to purchase food for your child(ren).

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) sponsors this demonstration program in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Human Services, Tennessee Department of Education and Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee to give families with school-age children more resources for food during the summer months.

If you have questions about TN Summer EBT for Kids, contact (833) 402-4700 or email school.certification.dhs@tn.gov.


Attention Shelby County Residents: The DHS Offices located at 3230 Jackson Avenue and 3360 South Third Street in Shelby County have closed and moved to a new, temporary location.  The Shelby County DHS Office is now located at 2003 Corporate Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee, 38132. The new location is accessible on the MATA bus line, 99 Nonconnah Corporate Center. We appreciate your flexibility and patience as we work toward expanding locations and improving your experiences in our offices. More information can be found by clicking here.


The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) provides nutritional assistance benefits to children and families, the elderly, the disabled, unemployed and working families. SNAP helps supplement monthly food budgets of families with low-income to buy the food they need to maintain good health and allow them to direct more of their available income toward essential living expenses. DHS staff determines the eligibility of applicants based on guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The primary goals of the program are to alleviate hunger and malnutrition and to improve nutrition and health in eligible households. DHS has a dual focus on alleviating hunger and establishing or re-establishing self-sufficiency.

Customer Engagement Survey


If you are applying for SNAP (food stamp) benefits, the documents listed below may be needed to complete the application process.

YOU MAY NEED PAPERS THAT SHOW:

  • Social Security Number
  • Your Identification (Example: driver's license, school ID with photo, Passport, Resident Alien Card, I-94 card, voter's registration card)
  • Where you live (Example: lease agreement, utility bill, phone bill, or driver’s license with your address on it)  
  • Income (Example: check stubs, employer statement, award letters)
  • Shelter costs (Example: mortgage payments, property tax, homeowner’s insurance, rent receipt, lease agreement)
  • Costs of utilities (Example: electric bill, water bill, gas bill)

You may be asked to provide more information during your interview. Your eligibility counselor will explain what information is needed, how to get it and help you if you need assistance.

Contact Information:

Common Questions, Email, and Live Chat

Family Assistance Service Center
615-743-2000 (Nashville area)
1-866-311-4287 (Toll-free)

SNAP benefits are issued and accessed electronically using a Benefit Security Card or EBT Card. To apply for benefits, submit your application online or visit the local DHS county office.

Current SNAP recipients can find information on their case with CaseConnect.

If you do not already have a TDHS account, you will need to create one to access services (e.g. CaseConnect).

Find a Family Focused Solutions Provider near you here.

Out of State Agency Verification Instructions:

Please find below links to contact information to verify duplicate participation and request verification of case closure for SNAP benefits in Tennessee as well as other states.

National Directory of State Agencies 
State of Ohio, Ohio Dept. of Job & Family Services, Office of Family Assistance

Learn more about:

Federal Student Aid

Summer Meals through the Summer Food Service Program

Enroll a child in the Imagination Library

Reports and Information:

TDHS is currently reviewing and revising its SNAP policies in order to simplify, streamline, and ensure the documents reflect our current best practice. While the initial policy review and revision is conducted, there may be some conflicts or incongruence between some portions of the policy manual and the new or revised policies. If you have questions related to SNAP policies please email SnapPolicy.DHS@tn.gov.

View SNAP Policy Manual and documents by clicking here.
USDA Economic Research Service

 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:


1.     mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
        Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
        1400 Independence Avenue, SW
        Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

2.     fax: (202) 690-7442; or

3.     email: program.intake@usda.gov.

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.