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)

Maine will be issuing additional P-EBT benefits for the 2020/2021 school year.  Eligibility will be based on enrollment in the free or reduced lunch program.  The P-EBT benefit amount will be based on the school’s learning model.  Many Maine schools are providing free lunch to all students, even those who are not income eligible for free or reduced lunch.  To learn more about free or reduced lunch eligibility please go to https://www.maine.gov/doe/sites/maine.gov.doe/files/inline-files/Income%20Guidelines%202021.pdf.  You can apply through your school district.

Information for P-EBT eligible children will be provided to OFI by the Department of Education.  OFI cannot take applications for P-EBT.  If you need immediate nutrition assistance, apply for SNAP or contact 211 for information on food pantries in your area.

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 and Walmart for delivery or curbside pick-up purchases. 

  • Amazon accepts 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 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.