Food Supplement

Food Supplement (also known as SNAP) provides a monthly benefit to help low-income households purchase nutritious food.

If you receive Food Supplement you may also be eligible to participate in Maine SNAP-Ed or the Food Supplement Employment and Training Program.

What do I need to do to apply?

Eligibility for Food Supplement is based on income, assets, expenses and household size.  You will need to fill out an application, complete an interview and provide verification of your household’s income, identity, citizenship status, assets and other items depending on your household circumstances.

How do I apply?

Option 1: Apply online through My Maine Connection.

Option 2: Download and mail an application.

Office for Family Independence
114 Corn Shop Lane
Farmington, ME 04938

Option 3: E-mail an application to Farmington.DHHS@Maine.gov

Option 4: Fax an application to (207) 778-8429.

 

Temporary Changes to Benefits

In response to COVID-19 and related laws, the Office for Family Independence has made a number of temporary changes to safety net programs including Food Supplement.  Read our Summary of Changes (PDF).

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Family Independence, has been approved by the Food and Nutrition Service to issue Summer 2021 Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) benefits to qualified children.  Each child who was under the age of 6 receiving SNAP this past summer and each child that was in school in June 2021 that received free or reduced lunch funded by the National School Lunch Program (NLSP) will be issued $375 in SNAP benefits on October 28, 2021.  Children on SNAP will be issued the P-EBT benefit to their EBT card.  Additionally, over 12,000 students who are not on SNAP will have P-EBT benefits issued to new P-EBT cards.  You can call 1-800-477-7428 to request a replacement EBT or P-EBT card.  Cards can take 10 – 14 days or longer to be delivered due to postal delays.  If you need immediate nutrition assistance, apply for SNAP or contact 211 for information on food pantries in your area.

  • The deadline for Summer P-EBT eligibility has passed.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I set up my pin for my P-EBT card?

Call the number on the back of the P-EBT card.  You will need to enter the child’s date of birth and the last for digits of their Social Security Number (SS#).  If the child does not have a SS# or it was not provided to us you will need to enter 9999.

Why did I receive multiple cards?

P-EBT cards are issued for each eligible child not on SNAP.  If your child was not on SNAP you will receive a P-EBT card for each eligible child.

I didn’t ask for P-EBT and I do not want it.  What do I do with the P-EBT card?

Please destroy the card.  P-EBT cards are for the individual child.  It a prosecutable offense to give the card and/or benefits away.

Other people received P-EBT on their EBT card.  Why don’t I have my card(s) or benefits yet?

P-EBT cards can take 14 days or longer to be delivered due to postal delays.  If you have not received card by November 14, 2021 you can contact the Department at Farmington.DHHS@Maine.Gov

Will P-EBT benefits be issued to the P-EBT card I received last year?

Yes.  You can call 1-800-477-7428 if you need a replacement card.

Do home-schooled children qualify for P-EBT

No. To qualify, school aged children must be enrolled in a school that offers meals through the USDA National School Lunch Program and be eligible for the USDA National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program.

If I got it last year is it automatic this year?

No.  You would need to have been enrolled in school June 2021 and eligible for the USDA National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program for June, July, or August 2021.

When will my child get P-EBT?

Benefits for the Summer of 2021 will be credited to EBT accounts October 28, 2021.  Please remember it may take 14 days or longer to receive a EBT or P-EBT card due to postal delays.

Can I apply for Summer P-EBT?

The deadline for P-EBT eligibility has passed.  Neither OFI nor DOE can take P-EBT applications or requests.

Online Purchase Options Available for Maine SNAP Recipients:

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is excited to announce that Maine Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients are now be able to purchase eligible food items online at participating retailers using their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards.

How to use your EBT card for online purchases

SNAP benefits can be used at Amazon and Amazon Fresh, BJ's Wholesale Club, Hannaford to go, and Walmart for delivery or curbside pick-up purchases. 

  • Amazon, BJ's, and Hannaford accept SNAP food benefits only.
  • Walmart accepts both SNAP and EBT cash benefits.
SNAP recipients will be able to purchase the same food items online as they can in the store.  SNAP benefits cannot be used for delivery charges.
  • Amazon waives delivery fees on purchases of $35 or more.
  • Shoppers can visit their local BJ's, Hannaford, or Wal-Mart store online to find out what pick-up or delivery options are available near them.
  • Contact your local grocery store to see if they chose curbside pick-up as an option.  Any grocer is allowed to purchase wireless EBT equipment which makes curbside pick-up possible.
For more information, please see these FAQs:
Information for Retailers

Current SNAP-eligible retailers interested in participating in online EBT purchases should visit the USDA website for more information, including program requirements and instructions for enrollment.

Post-Secondary Student Eligibility

The Office for Family Independence (OFI) has created a Community College Verification Form (PDF) to simplify verifying Food Supplement eligibility for post-secondary students at community colleges.  Community colleges can verify students are enrolled in an associate’s degree or certificate program that is considered a “career or technical education program”, as defined by the federal Carl D. Perkins Act (most certificate and associate degree programs fit the definition), OR a course the community college has determined will make the student more employable.  This information has been conveyed to Navigators at community colleges so that they are better able to assist OFI in the fight to reduce hunger.  Navigators are campus based staff who assist eligible students throughout their time in school. 

USDA Non Discrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.  Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: 

  1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
  2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or 
  3. email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Maine SNAP-Ed

In SNAP-Ed, participants receive nutrition education services with helpful information on how to eat healthy on a budget.  Learn more about SNAP-Ed.

SNAP-Ed has Gone Cellular

Sign up to get text messages from Maine SNAP-Ed and they will help you and your family shop, cook and eat healthy on a budget.  You can look forward to simple tips for healthy eating, low-cost recipes, grocery shopping ideas, tips on getting the family to drink more water and more.  Sign up at Notifications - Maine SNAP-Ed (mainesnap-ed.org) today to get text messages sent straight to your phone.

The Food Supplement Employment and Training Program (FSET)

FSET helps connect Food Supplement participants with job training and education. There are lots of opportunities available at no cost. Learn more about FSET.