Benefit Kitchen

Each year, 103 million Americans leave $80 billion in public benefits unclaimed. United Way is committed to ensuring that struggling families in our state are aware of the benefits for which they qualify and know how to apply for them.

The Tennessee Benefit Kitchen is a free screener that all Tennesseans can use to determine eligibility for several tax credits and many federal, state, and local public benefits – and to access the application sites to apply for those for which they qualify.

How It Works

Tennessee residents can simply text “Benefits” to 211-211, and they receive a series of screener texts to see what they may qualify for. The screener should take 5-10 minutes to complete. Once completed, they immediately receive notice of tax credits and benefits for which they are eligible, along with the links to apply to each benefit. The tax credits and benefits covered in the screener currently include a wide range of options from Food Stamps (SNAP) and Cash Assistance (TANF) to the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Home Energy Assistance (HEAP).

Text “Benefits” to 211-211 to begin the screening process.

Benefits that Benefit Kitchen Screens For

  • Food Stamps (SNAP)
  • Cash Assistance (TANF)
  • Women Infants and Children (WIC)
  • Head Start
  • School Meals
  • Child Care Assistance
  • TennCare (Medicaid, for adults and children)
  • ACA (Affordable Care Act for adults and children)
  • CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program)
  • County Medical Services
  • Home Energy Assistance (HEAP)
  • Lifeline
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Childcare Tax Credit
  • Earned Income Tax Credit

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