Step 1 (optional):
- Take the pre-screening test here to check your food stamps eligibility if you have no elderly or disabled person living in your household.
- Take this pre-screening test here to check your eligibility if you do have an elderly or disabled person living in your household.
Step 2: Apply in one of the following ways:
- Visit or call your local Department of Human Health and Human Services (DHHS) office and complete an inter-active interview. During the interview, all the information you give the interviewer is entered into a computer. When the interview is finished, you will be asked to sign the completed application form printed from the computer. If your interview is conducted over the phone, the completed form will be mailed to you for signature.
- Download and print an application in Microsoft Word form here.
- Download and print an application in Adobe PDF form here.
Step 3: After completing your application, mail or deliver it to your Department of Human Health and Human Services (DHHS) district office.
Note: Find your nearest Department of Health and Human Services district office here.
For assistance, please call 1-800-442-6003 and ask for the Food Supplement Program Manager.
Applying For Maine Food Stamps
Food stamps, or SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) as it is currently technically called, was set up to help persons living in the U.S. which are experiencing difficulty getting food due to the fact they are generating a low income. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (also called food stamps) assists millions of people. In fact, it assisted more than 40 million persons in the year 2010.
It will not matter just what their ethnicity, sex, or faith is – applying for food stamps is available to every person living in Maine. In the year 2008, folks collecting assistance from SNAP averaged $101 in food aid every month.
There are specific specifications a person has to satisfy to be permitted to acquire assistance from the food stamp program. Throughout the application process, and interview, you will need to have certain documents on hand.
In many circumstances, if you are under 60 years old, it is a requirement for you to not have any greater than $2,000 in assets. If a person within your house, or you, are at least sixty years old, then the limit is brought up to $3,000. TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program) or SSI (Supplemental Security Income), aren’t regarded as assets when you are applying for food stamps. Although, cash, what is in a bank account, and potentially your current vehicle, are counted as assets.
In Maine, if you are older than 15 or younger than 61, you may be required to meet certain work regulations. Those regulations include registering for work, accepting a job offer, and participating in a qualified training and employment program. For more information and to find out if you may be exempt from the work regulations, click here.
One more requirement is an income limit, that is affected by the amount of persons you’ve got dwelling in your house while you are requesting for food stamps.
An individual’s expenses will also be taken into account whenever you request food stamps. Child care, elderly care, rent, mortgage, and utilities are expenditures that will be factored in. In addition to that, there are also specific medical expenditures that can be counted towards your total expenses when you are applying for food stamps.
When You Are Accepted
Persons that pass the requirements and have their application approved to begin getting SNAP benefits, will be sent an EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card. The EBT card works the same as a debit card. The EBT card can be utilised to purchase food items at particular grocery stores, convenience stores, or farmers markets.
The Pine Tree card is the way that food supplement users in Maine have access to their food stamp benefits. Before using your card for the first time, you must establish a pin number. To do so, call the customer service number located on the back of your Pine Tree card or visit your local Department of Human Services Office for Family Independence. Once you call that number you will need to enter the 16-digit number located across the front of your Pine Tree card. You may also need to enter you social security number as well as a 4-digit pin number of your choosing. Do not forget the pin number you choose because your card cannot be used to purchase food without it. Do not keep the pin number written down with your card because any stolen food stamp benefits will not be returned to your card and it is your responsibility to protect your benefits.