Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides a monthly benefit to help low-income households purchase nutritious food.

If you receive SNAP you may also be eligible to participate in Maine SNAP-Ed or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training (SNAP E&T)

What do I need to do to apply?

Eligibility for SNAP 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

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

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)

SUN Bucks (Summer EBT)

Information about this new program is available at


If you received a P-EBT card and have questions on how to use this benefit, please see P-EBT Frequently Asked Questions below

Maine issued P-EBT benefits to children under age 6 for the 2022-2023 school year in August, September and October. To be eligible, children:

  1. must have been under age 6 on October 15, 2022.
  2. must have been receiving SNAP benefits in Maine in a given month between August 2022 through May 2023 to be eligible for P-EBT for that month, and
  3. cannot have been eligible for Free/Reduced-price Meal as a student.


  • The average monthly benefit for children under 6 is about $39 but varies greatly from month to month.
  • Children in this group were not eligible for summer P-EBT benefits. 

Maine, also, issued P-EBT benefits to eligible school aged children for the 2022-2023 school year and the summer of 2023 in September. To be eligible -

Traditional Students must have:

  1. been eligible for Free/Reduced-price Meal (FaRM) benefits on the USDA National School Lunch Program meal benefit application.
  2. attended a school that was closed or had a reduced attendance due to COVID-19 for 5 consecutive days. 
  3. been absent from school or attended remotely for five or more days in a row due to COVID-19. P-EBT benefits (of $8.18 per day) are only issued for the days school meals were missed due to COVID-19, for students.
  4. for the summer P-EBT $120 benefit, must have been enrolled in school in June 2023.

          Notes on FaRM eligibility:

Students who met the Free/Reduced-price Meal benefits criteria for P-EBT eligibility are those who:

  • attended a Community Eligibility Provision or Special Provision II school,
  • received SNAP or TANF benefits of at least $1 any month during the school,
  • were documented as being part of a family engaged in migrant agricultural work,
  • were documented as experiencing homelessness,
  • were in foster care through Maine’s DHHS, or
  • were found eligible for FaRM through an application through their school prior to June 30, 2023


  • School breakfast and lunch were available at no cost for all Maine students this past year, Universal free lunches in Maine schools do not mean a child is eligible for P-EBT.
  • Students must be eligible for Free/Reduced-price Meal benefits under the USDA National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program’s meal benefit by meeting the requirements listed above.

Home-Schooled Students and those attending fully virtual schools must have:

  1. been attending a National School Lunch Program participating school on January 27, 2020 or started school after January 27, 2020.
  2. been home-schooled or attending a fully virtual school due to concerns about COVID.
  3. submitted an application prior to September 30,l 2023 and been determined otherwise Free/Reduced-price Meal benefit eligible.

      These children were not eligible for summer P-EBT benefits.


P-EBT Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


What is P-EBT?

The federally funded P-EBT benefit provided additional nutrition support for families of infants and children eligible for free or reduced school lunch, but who did not have access to school-based food programs because they were learning remotely, or absent due to illness caused by COVID-19. The benefit was also available to eligible children who were homeschooled or attended fully virtual school due to concerns related to COVID-19.

The average benefit per month ranged from $40 to $120 per child, per month, depending on whether the child’s school was partially or fully remote.

Why did my child receive a P-EBT card?

The benefit was available to families with:

  • School-aged children eligible for free or reduced school lunch. This includes children who attend a school that uses the federal Community Eligibility Provision or Special Provision II, which support schools in offering free school meals to all students through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. Most Maine Schools participate in these provisions to support Maine's universal school meals program. Students at these schools are eligible for P-EBT regardless of their financial circumstances. A list of these schools is available here.
  • Children who were homeschooled or attended fully virtual school due to concerns related to COVID-19.

The Department issued P-EBT cards to eligible families consistent with federal guidelines using federal funding.

Where can I use my P-EBT card?

You can use it at any retailer that participates in the SNAP program. See "How to Use SNAP EBT" below for more information.

Will I receive more funding on this P-EBT card or receive another P-EBT card in the future?

With the end of the federal Public Health Emergency, there is no plan to issue more P-EBT benefits. However, if your child becomes eligible for other benefits for OFI, those benefits would be accessed through their P-EBT card.

My family doesn’t use SNAP. Why am I receiving P-EBT benefits?

Some families who are not enrolled in SNAP or individually eligible for Free and Reduced-price school Meals received P-EBT benefits because their child attends a school that has met the Federal designation for the Community Eligible Provision or Provision II of the National School Lunch Act.

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

Call the number on the back of the P-EBT card, (800) 477-7428. You will need to enter the child’s date of birth and the last four digits of their Social Security Number (SS#). If the child does not have a SS# or it was not provided to OFI you will need to enter 9999.

How do I check my balance?

You can check the balance by calling the back of the card, (800) 477-7428. You will need to provide the card number and the card holder's name and date of birth.

If you no longer have the card, you can call (855) 797-4357 to order a replacement card.

Why did I receive multiple cards?

P-EBT cards are issued for each eligible child not on SNAP. If your children were not on SNAP you received 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?

If you do not wish to use the card, you can simply cut up and discard it.  Unused benefits will be returned to the U.S. Department of Agriculture in nine months. The benefits may not be used to purchase food for anyone outside of your child’s household. 

Were P-EBT benefits issued to the P-EBT card I received before?

Yes. If your child was eligible for P-EBT for the 2022-2023 school year, or the summer of 2023 their benefits were issued on the same card. If you need a replacement card you can request one using the Maine EBT Online Portalor by calling (800) 477-7428.

Did home-schooled children qualify for P-EBT?

Home-schooled children and those attending fully virtual schools may have qualified for P-EBT for the 2022-2023 school year. They must have met all of the following criteria:

  1. They must have been attending a National School Lunch Program participating school on January 27, 2020 or started school after January 27, 2020.
  2. They must have been home schooled or attending a fully virtual school due to concerns about COVID. 
  3. They must have submitted an application prior to September 30, 2023 and been determined otherwise Free/Reduced-price Meal benefit eligible.
If I got P-EBT before was it automatic this time?

No. To be eligible for the 2022-2023 school year—

  • your school aged child would need to be eligible for Free/Reduced-price Meal benefits through the USDA National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program during the 2021-2022 school year and have missed five day's worth of school meals in a row due to COVID-19; or
  • your child under age 6 would need to have been receiving SNAP in Maine.
Why did my child get a different P-EBT benefit amount than their classmate?

Each school aged child’s benefit is uniquely calculated based on the number of days they missed school meals due to COVID-19. Children who had a different number of remote days or excused absences received a different benefit amount.

What were the Monthly benefit amounts for children under age 6?     

August 2022


September 2022


October 2022


November 2022


December 2022


January 2023


February 2023


March 2023


April 2023


May 2023


Can I apply for P-EBT?

No.  The deadline for applications was September 30, 2023.

How long will P-EBT benefits last?
  • If no benefits are used from a P-EBT Card/Account for 9 months or more the benefits will be expunged or removed.
  • Once benefits are expunged, they cannot be reissued.
  • Any purchases made with the card will restart the 9-month period.
  • Call the number on the back of the card to check the P-EBT balance regularly to be sure you are aware of all benefits.

How to Use SNAP EBT

In Person Purchasing:

Most stores that accept EBT will display a SNAP or Quest logo. You can also find a store near you that accepts SNAP by entering your zip code in the USDA SNAP Retail Locator.

Online Purchasing:

Maine Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients are 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 online at participating retailers for delivery or curbside pick-up purchases. A list of participating retailers in Maine is available from the USDA SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot. Some may, also, accept EBT cash.
  • SNAP benefits cannot be used for delivery charges.
  • 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. 

Protect your identity and benefits when shopping online

Only send your EBT information over a secure network.

  • Do not use public computers or WiFi such as:
    • Libraries,
    • Complimentary WiFi at restaurants, or
    • Other shared WiFi such as at hotels
  • Secure your home Wifi by updating your router's password/key
  • If you are using your cellphone and are not connected to a secure network, use your data plan.

More tips are available from the US Federal Trade Commission Online Shopping Security Tips

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 SNAP 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.

Able-bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs)

Able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) can receive SNAP for only 3 months in a 3-year period if they do not meet certain work requirements. To learn more about ABAWD requirements and exemptions visit the USDA Food and Nutrition Service SNAP Work Requirements page.

SNAP Quality Control Review

The SNAP Quality Control Review team is a federally mandated group of OFI specialists that thoroughly reviews more than 1,100 randomly selected SNAP households every year.  SNAP has one of the most rigorous quality control systems in the federal government. The SNAP quality control system measures how accurately SNAP state agencies determine a household’s eligibility and benefit amount. It consists of both state agency reviews and federal reviews. Quality Control Reviews are used to determine if:

  • The SNAP program is being run according to regulations.
  • The local office handled the case correctly.
  • The information in the case file is correct.
  • The client is getting the benefits they are eligible for.

All written communication from OFI's SNAP Quality Control Review team is on OFI's letterhead. Phone number of the office and the worker are included as well as the workers full name and State of Maine email address.

Federal law states that selected clients must cooperate with the SNAP Quality Control Review. If a client does not give the detailed information requested and/or cooperate with the review, their SNAP case may be closed.

Additional information regarding SNAP Quality Control Review can be found on the USDA website,

What to Do if Your Benefits are Stolen Electronically

1) Have your card disabled and new one issued by calling (800) 477-7428.

2) Change your PIN to one that is easy for you to remember but hard for others to guess.

3) Use the Electronically Stolen Benefits Application (Fillable PDF) to report the theft and request replacement benefits.

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 or sign up for a class.

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 ( today to get text messages sent straight to your phone.


SNAP E&T helps connect SNAP participants with job training and education. There are lots of opportunities available at no cost. Learn more about SNAP E&T

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