How to Appeal Denied SNAP Benefits

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, is a government program that offers low-income families with funds to purchase food items at authorized retailers. SNAP eligibility is determined at the state level based on local cost-of-living requirements and on requirements established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. If you have been denied SNAP benefits, you are allowed the opportunity to appeal the decision. Appeals must be made within 90 days of receiving a rejection notice.


Step 1

Complete the appeal form located on the back of your denial letter. This form will allow you to have a hearing about the denial decision. The instructions for returning the appeal form are located at the bottom of the appeal document.

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Step 2

Wait for notification of your hearing. The notice will be sent by mail to the address listed on your application. Your hearing will be held at the SNAP office located in your area. If you are unable to attend the appeal hearing in person, you may contact the office and schedule a hearing over the phone.



Step 3

Visit the SNAP office on the date of your appeal. Provide all documentation and proof of your reason for appeal to the appeals officer. The information provided should be to support your reason for appeal.



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