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Families that had been employed as of March 11, 2020, but have since then lost employment or at least 50% of their earned income due to the COVID-19 emergency, include a child under the age of 18, or a pregnant woman. It provides 2 monthly cash payments of $500 for a household of 1-2 persons, $750 for a household of 3-4 persons, and $1,000 for a household with 5 or more. (This is in addition to any unemployment benefits the family may be receiving).

How do I qualify?

To be eligible, families must have been employed as of March 11, 2020 but have since then lost employment or at least 50% of their earned income due to the COVID-19 emergency, include a child under the age of 18 or a pregnant woman, have a valid Social Security Number, must not have resources exceeding $2000, and the gross and/or unearned monthly income may not exceed 85% of the State’s Median Income. To see if you qualify Click Here

How do I sign up?

All TDHS offices are currently operating on appointment only as a precaution for COVID-19.  During this time, the department is asking applicants to complete the application process for emergency cash assistance online (Click Here for application)


Applicants are required to upload their verification to the application prior to submitting to TDHS.  Once the application and verifications have been submitted, no further action will be needed.  Applicants DO NOT need to call the DHS office for an interview. Applicants will receive a notification of denial or approval via email within 5 days.  If approved, applicants can expect an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card to be sent within 5-7 days of approval via mail.


Provides benefits to workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own and who are able, available, and looking for work. You may file a claim for benefits the first day after becoming separated from employment or after your employer has significantly reduced your work hours. Eligible claims may receive up to $275 per week in benefit payments. Qualified applicants are only eligible for a maximum of 26 weeks of unemployment insurance in a year.

Click Here for information about for additional services including, tracking your claim, managing your benefits, appealing an agency decision, restarting your unemployment benefits and to access your unemployment records.


How do I qualify?

You must have earned a minimum of $780.01 in each of 2 quarters of a time frame called the Base Period. If you’ve earned sufficient wages during this time frame, the wages earned will then be used to calculate your weekly benefit amount and the number of weeks you may receive benefits. The Base Period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters prior to the quarter in which your initial claim is filed. A calendar quarter is three months of either January - March, April - June, July - September or October - December.


How do I sign up?

Click Here to complete the online application.

Call 1-877-813-0960 if you need help or have questions when filing your claim.

If you do not have access to a computer and need help filing you claim, please call 423-312-1561 and we will help you file your claim over the phone.

SNAP- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) provides nutritional assistance benefits to children and families, the elderly, the disabled, unemployed and working families. SNAP helps supplement monthly food budgets of families with low-income to buy the food they need to maintain good health and allow them to direct more of their available income toward essential living expenses


How do I qualify?

There are no specific age limits to receive SNAP benefits. Parents and their children 21 years old or younger living together are considered one household. Minors who apply on their own must be living without their parents. Individuals living together and who purchase and prepare food together are treated as one household. An applicant must be a U.S. citizen, a U.S. National, or a qualified alien to get SNAP benefits. Some legal immigrants are ineligible for SNAP benefits; however, dependents of an ineligible immigrant are often eligible. To be eligible, all SNAP household members must have a social security number or proof of having applied for one. There are also work requirements or participation in the Employment & Training Program  for depending on age. An asset limit is set at $2,250 for most households and $3,500 for households containing a member who is disabled or 60 years of age.

 Click here for more information about qualifying for SNAP.

How do I sign up?

People may apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits at their local Department of Human Service county office or Click here for the online application.

WIC- TN Women, Infants, and Children Program


WIC is designed to provide supplemental food assistance and nutrition education to low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children until age five. In addition to providing healthy supplemental foods, nutrition education, and breastfeeding support, the program also provides referrals to other health, welfare, and community-based services.


How do I qualify?

A participant’s household gross income must be equal to or less than WIC income guidelines (185% of Federal poverty). Adjunctive Eligibility enables WIC applicants to be automatically income eligible for WIC by showing proof of participation in the following programs: 


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF/Families First)

Tennessee Medicaid  (TennCare)


For more information and access to a pre-screening tool to see if you qualify Click Here.

How do I sign up?

Contact your local health department or call 1-800-DIAL-WIC  (1-800-342-5942)

Local Health Departments:

Grainger (865) 828-5251                  

Hawkins  (423) 272-5349

Morgan (423) 346-6237                    

Scott (423) 663-2821


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