How To Apply For Food Stamps In New Mexico

June 19, 2012

Step 1 (optional) : Take the pre-screening test here.

Step 2: Apply by printing out an application here.

Note: For assistance, please call: 1-888-473-3676 or contact your income services department office here.

Applying For New Mexico Food Stamps

To support low income persons having trouble affording food items, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) was made. SNAP is often referred to as food stamps, as prior to now, colored stamps were given and used to buy food items. In 2010 alone, SNAP aided more than 40 million men, women and children purchase enough to eat.

Any person located in the United States can apply for food stamps, regardless of their background, ethnicity, gender, or faith. In the year 2008, individuals given assistance from SNAP averaged $101 in food assistance every month.

Naturally, if you want to receive benefits from SNAP, there’s a set of criteria that a person will have to satisfy. Additionally, there are a few documents an applicant will need throughout the food stamps application and interview process.

In the majority of situations, if you are under 60 years old, it is a requirement for you to not have any more than $2,000 in assets. If a person in your house, or you, are at least 60 years old, then the limit is brought up to $3,000. Assistance from TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program), or SSI (Supplemental Security Income), don’t be counted as assets when applying for food stamps. Resources that will count towards your total assets include cash, money saved in a bank account and in some cases a vehicle.

There is also an income limit, that depends on the number of persons residing in your home at the time that you apply for food stamps.

How much your expenses are is also looked at while applying for SNAP benefits. Child care, elderly care, rent, mortgage, and utilities are expenses that will be factored in. Some medical related expenses will also be considered under certain instances.

The New Mexico EBT Fiesta Card

All those that pass the requirements and have their application approved to begin receiving SNAP benefits, will be sent an EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card. The EBT card may be used similar to a debit card to buy food at particular grocery stores, convenience stores, or even farmer markets.

When Will I Get My EBT Card In New Mexico?

The food stamp benefits in New Mexico are distributed in two different way, depending on which day of the month you applied.

If you applied on any day before the 15th of the month, you will receive your food stamp benefits according to the standard schedule.

The Standard Schedule

  • The first month that you receive food stamps, they will be put on your EBT card the day after you are approved to receive New Mexico benefits. So if you are approved on the 3rd of the month, your benefits will be ready on the 4th.

  • The second month, your benefits will arrive on the 1st of the month.

  • On the third month, the day you receive SNAP depends on the last 2 digits of your social security number. The benefits will be available sometime between the 1st and the 10th of the month.

  • On the 4th month, your account will be credited sometime between the 1st and the 20th of the month, depending on the last 2 digits of your social security number.

  • The 5th month, your benefits will arrive on the same day that they arrived the month before (the fourth month). That date is the date that your benefits will arrive for every month thereafter.

 For more information including what day your benefits will arrive if you applied after the 15th of the month, what your social security numbers say about when you get your food stamps and to see some examples, click here.

Did You Know That New Mexico Has Implemented Wooden Coins?

Now, if you want to buy some delicious and fresh produce or locally made food, you can go to your local farmer’s market and use your EBT card without a paperwork hassle!

Wooden coins have been created to represent food stamp benefits. All you have to do is swipe your EBT card through the coin machine and select the amount of benefits you wish to turn into wooden coins. Each coin will represent $1 and can be used to buy food and food-bearing plants.

The best part: your food stamp benefits will be matched dollar to dollar, thus doubling your money!

Here is a list of participating farmer’s markets in New Mexico:

  • ABQ Uptown Growers’ Market
  • Albuquerque Downtown Growers’ Market
  • Albuquerque NorthEast Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market
  • Armijo Village Growers’ Market (South Valley)
  • Aztec Farmers’ Market
  • Bayard Farmers’ Market
  • Belen Farmers’ Market
  • Bernalillo Farmers’ Market
  • Caravan Nouveu Growers’ & Artisan’s Market @ Wilson Park (Albuquerque)
  • Clovis Farmers’ Market
  • Edgewood Farmers’ Market
  • El Valle Farmers’ Market (Ribera)
  • Española Farmers’ Market
  • Farmington Farmers’ Market
  • Le Jardin Verde Urban Growers’ Market (Albuquerque)
  • Los Lunas Farmers’ Market
  • Mimbres Valley Farmers’ Market
  • Mora Valley Farmers’ Market
  • Mountain View Sunday Growers’ Market (Las Cruces)
  • Nob Hill Growers’ Market (Albuquerque)
  • Pojoaque Valley Farmers’ Market
  • Santa Fe Farmers’ Market
  • Santa Fe Southside Farmers’ Market
  • Silver City Farmers’ Market
  • Shiprock Farmers’ Market
  • Sierra County Farmers’ Market
  • Socorro Farmers’ Market
  • Taos Farmers’ Market (click here for website)

Make sure you go and support your local farmer’s while bringing home healthy and nutritious foods!

For more information on dates, times and contacts, please visit the New Mexico Farmer’s Markets website here.

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