CHICAGO — Those in need of food assistance during the coronavirus crisis can now apply for SNAP online.

The state does have some Human Services offices still open, but Secretary Grace Hou is encouraging everyone to apply online so they don’t have to go outside and put themselves — or state employees — at risk.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, provides Illinoisans with funding they can use on essential goods like groceries. In coming weeks, assistance from the federal government will make it possible for the state to give SNAP recipients far more funds — in some cases, 90 percent more — with which to get food.

Individuals making $1,718 or less in gross income a month, individuals over 60 making $2,082 or less a month, and a family of four making $ 3,541 or less a month are eligible. See all eligibility guidelines here.

Here’s how to apply:

  1. Go online and fill out an application through the state’s Application for Benefits Eligibility portal.
  2. After applying, you’ll need to be interviewed by a case worker. This can be done over the phone.
  3. For the interview, applicants need proof of their identity, proof of residence, proof of Social Security numbers and might need other documents.

Those who need additional help can look online or call the free hotline at 800-843-6154.

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