SNAP and wic resources in arkansas

What is SNAP?

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps people with low income get the food they need for good health. SNAP benefits are used in place of cash to buy food. Most people must spend some cash along with their SNAP benefits to buy enough food for a month.

To apply for SNAP in Arkansas, download a copy of the application here and return it to your local DHS office by mail, fax, or in person. To locate your nearest DHS office, visit Arkansas DHS County Offices.

What is WIC?

WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).  Arkansas WIC is a program within the Arkansas Department of Health. The main focus of WIC is educating families about proper nutrition for babies, young children, and expectant and new mothers.

WIC provides:

  • Supplemental foods high in nutrients needed for growth and development. 
  • Nutrition education to improve diet and health habits. 
  • Information, support, and encouragement for breastfeeding. 
  • Referrals for other health services.

WIC is available at all local health units in Arkansas, satellite clinics and four WIC-only Clinics. You can apply for and receive WIC in any county in Arkansas. You must call to make an appointment.  At your appointment, WIC staff will check to see if you are eligible.

What do I bring to a WIC appointment?

  • ID for yourself and each child 
  • Proof you are an Arkansas resident
  • Proof of income 
  • Bring any children you are applying for

If you have questions, or need more information about applying for WIC, please contact your local county health unit, or call the State WIC Office at 501-661-2508 or 1-800-462-0599, or e-mail.