Eligibility

The Food Assistance Program provides Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards that can be used to buy groceries at supermarkets, grocery stores and some Farmers Markets. 
You may qualify for Food Assistance if you:
  • Meet income guidelines
  • Be a citizen or legal immigrant
  • All children who are born in the United States can apply even if their parents are not citizens.
Before you apply, please review "Before applying for Food Assistance" document. This document gives a brief overview of what we need to process your application, why certain questions are asked, citizenship/immigration information, questions that must be answered for Food Assistance and your rights and responsibilities.   Food Assistance applicants have the option to only answer the questions included on Required Questions document as they are required as a condition of eligibility.  If you have questions about applying for Food Assistance, please contact your local DHS office
 
Visit the How to Apply page to apply online or print a paper application.
 

To file a complaint regarding program access, customer service or processing standards, please send your concern in writing to:

Iowa Department of Human Services
Field Operations
1305 E Walnut St

Des Moines, IA 50319

Or email your concern to myFoodAssistance@dhs.state.ia.us.  

 
Note:  There have been reports of ads offering assistance for filling out Food Assistance applications. The links will take you to another website where you may be asked to provide personal and credit card information. Do NOT provide this information, it can allow others to make unauthorized purchases on your credit card or gain access to your bank accounts. If you see an ad offering Food Assistance application assistance with a link, do not click on it. Never provide any personal information, including credit card information on an unsecure Web Site. DHS employees will never ask you for credit card information or for anything not on your State Agency application.