You’ve applied for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, and you’re waiting for next steps—including your SNAP interview. The purpose of the SNAP interview isn’t to trip you up or give you a failing grade. It’s simply to double-check the information you already provided on your SNAP application.

What will they ask during my SNAP interview?

The goal of the SNAP interview is to make sure your application is complete, correct, and ready for approval. You can expect to answer questions like:

  • What is your full name and birthday?
  • What is your Social Security number?
  • Where do you live? (You can still qualify if you’re houseless.)
  • Are you a U.S. citizen? (You may still qualify if you’re a non-citizen.)
  • What’s your monthly income?
  • Do you pay utilities (such as an electric bill or cable TV bill)?
  • What other regular bills do you have?

What should I have with me during my SNAP interview?

Now that you have an idea of what your interviewer might ask, you can gather the documents you’ll need to answer easily and correctly. This can include:

  • Your Social Security card (if you don’t have your number memorized)
  • A letter from a shelter representative if you’re houseless and staying there
  • Proof of identity

Acceptable ways to prove your identity include:

  • Birth certificate
  • Driver’s license
  • U.S. passport
  • Work visa
  • Resident alien card
  • Proof of income

Make sure to have the following items ready if any of them apply to you:

  • Pay stubs
  • Benefit letters (from Social Security or Veterans Administration, for example)
  • Pension statements
  • Proof of deductions

Keep handy any bills (or payment records for) qualified deductions such as:

  • Dependent-care costs (for a disabled household member, for example)
  • Rent or mortgage
  • Utilities (heat, water, electric, cable, telephone, etc.)
  • Medical expenses

How can I get ready for my SNAP interview?

Use the list of SNAP interview questions above and picture yourself responding to them. Imagine how it feels to answer with confidence. Practice makes perfect! If you live with someone else, have them ask you these questions. If you live alone, you could sit in front of a mirror—there’s no right or wrong way to practice for your SNAP interview.