Five Easy Steps to Apply for SNAP/Food Stamps in Washington, D.C.
1. Complete an application.
Download an application from the D.C. Department of Human Services, Economic Security Administration (ESA) website, or go to the nearest ESA Service Center to pick up an application. Gather the documentation for your application - download a list of the documentation needed to apply (pdf).
2. Submit your application.
Take your application to any ESA Service Center. To find center locations, call 202-727-5355. If possible, have enough time to wait for an interview with a caseworker. If not, turn in your application, and be prepared to come back for an interview. You have the right to submit an incomplete application if you have completed and signed the first page. Make sure to get a receipt indicating that you turned in your application.
3. Meet with an ESA caseworker.
Meet with a caseworker for an interview and to complete the application process. They will inform you of any missing documentation and other programs you might be eligible for.
4. Pick up EBT card if approved.
The ESA office has 30 days to inform you if you qualify for SNAP/Food Stamps (7 days for emergency SNAP/Food Stamps). You will receive a letter in the mail stating if you qualify and how much your benefit amount will be. You must then pick up your EBT card at one of the two EBT training centers located at 661 H Street, NE and 1649 Good Hope Rd, SE.
5. Keep up with the program.
Important! Every household must complete and send in a mid-certification form halfway through their certification period. Watch for the form in the mail. YOU MUST COMPLETE AND SEND IN THIS FORM or your benefits will end. If there is ever a change to any of the information you stated on your application (e.g., income, address) you must inform the ESA Service Center. You can fill out a change form at your assigned service center, or call (202) 727-6600 or (202) 727-5355.