New Hampshire Food Stamps (SNAP) Application Information
How to Apply for Food Stamps
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The New Hampshire Food Stamp Program provides low income residents with information about good nutrition and health. It also assists eligible households and individuals with benefits to buy food items at authorized grocery stores, and other participating food retailers.
The Food Stamp Program also bestows all its beneficiaries with a chance to learn more about purchasing and preparing nutritious meals.
You may qualify for food stamp benefits depending on your household size, income, expenses and resources. It does not matter if you are a home owner, have no home or live with someone else you can still qualify. Even if you have a job and you don't have to have a family as long as your household meets eligibility guidelines.
Beneficiaries of The New Hampshire Food Stamp Program receive them through an EBT card which works like a debit card at approved grocery stores and super markets. This card can only be used to buy the approved items. Products such as food that is ready for immediate consumption, alcoholic beverages and tobacco products are not authorized to be purchased with food stamps.
New Hampshire Food Stamp Program is also overly concerned about teaching proper nutrition and providing the right type of meals to individuals and households who survive at or below the specified federal poverty level. The Food Stamps Program EBT card can be used to buy milk and dairy products, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, beans, cereals, rice, pasta and various other foodstuffs.
To receive benefits, you must first apply and pass the eligibility requirements for New Hampshire. You can find out more about the program and look at the eligibility requirements by visiting the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services website at http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dfa/foodstamps/index.htm
Strict eligibility guidelines determine whether or not you will qualify to receive The New Hampshire Food Stamps benefits. The most determining factors being:
- Your household size and income
- Must be a U.S. citizen
- Must be residing in New Hampshire
- Your income must be below $2,422 for a family of four, though the amounts change and are based on different financial situation of the applicant.
- If you own a car, it must not be worth more than $3,000
If you are experiencing any hardship, it is important to disclose it at the time of your interview, do not forget to show any possible signs of unemployment as this will greatly assist your case.
Remember, these are just the common rules; your eligibility may be different. Get to know more about the requirements by clicking here .
Once you are approved, an EBT card that will electronically deposit your benefit each month will be sent to you. This card is very similar to other debit card and can be used at any grocery store or super market that has been authorized to sell food stamps. You should know which particular products can be bought using your food stamps.
For residents who receive Food Stamps, there are services that can help them find and get a job. The program that assists in this humble course is voluntary. You can only enroll in the Food Stamp Employment & Training (FSET) program, if you are a beneficiary of FANF cash assistance. Technicians at FSET are always ready to assist you with your job search efforts and even refer you to other community services. In case you need to travel as a result of job search, they can cater for your travel costs at $.21 per mile, up to $40 per month, for a period of six months per year. FSET Technicians can offer this help either through the phone, or through mail, email or even fax. No face to face meetings required to get these services.
Food Stamps Application Instructions
In New Hampshire, you can apply for food stamps either online, via mail or through the telephone.
Click here to begin the official Online Application
Mail Your Application
Click here to download that form, fill it out and send it via mail. You can also contact your local district office, and request to receive an application in the mail. A list of all district offices can be viewed by clicking here or by talking to an agent who can help you over the phone.
Once you apply, you will be contacted for an interview, during the interview, you will be required to produce the following documentation:
- Provide proof of your identity
- Provide proof of citizenship
- Social security number
- Proof of income and asset information
- Names and birth dates of all those in your household
If there other members of your household who are applying for Food Stamp benefits in your household, they will also need to provide more information to the agent representative or Family Services Specialist (FSS). The FSS will need to know about your particular needs and the situation you are in. During your interview session you get to learn more about the Food Stamp Program requirements and how the benefits are administered. A detailed list of all the information tools can be viewed by clicking here.
Finding Food Stamp Locations
SNAP is the new federal name for the food assistance programs though in New Hampshire they still refer to it as Food Stamps. New Hampshire has multiple SNAP locations. In fact, every county should have multiple locations where you can use your card. You can find specific locations near you using the SNAP retailer locator on the federal website by clicking here, or by calling (800) 852-3345, ext. 4238.