Step 1 (optional): Register before applying for food stamps here. (Registering enables you to save your application).
Step 2: Apply by selecting one of the following options:
- Fill out the following form online, then print out your completed application. Click here to access the application form.
- Call your local Department of Human Services office.
- Go to your local Department of Human Services office.
Note: For help completing your application form, click here. There are several services that have people ready to help you.
Step 3: Once you have completed your application, call the Public Assistance Information Line at 808-643-1643 for information on where to mail your application or click here to find branches near you.
Applying For Hawaii Food Stamps
In order to assist low income persons experiencing difficulty buying food, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) was developed. SNAP is usually referred to as food stamps, because formerly, colored stamps were being given and utilized to pay for food items. SNAP offered support to over 40 million Americans in 2010.
Lower income families located in the U.S. can apply for food stamps benefits no matter what their race, gender, religious beliefs, or even background is. The typical person was given $101/month from the SNAP program in 2008, allowing them to purchase bread, milk products, various meats, produce, fruits and even garden seeds.
In order to be accepted into the food stamp program, you have to match certain monetary and situational requirements. Additionally, there are several documents an candidate will need during the food stamps application and interview process.
In the majority of instances, if you are under 60 years old, it is a necessity for you to not have any more than $2,000 in assets. If you or somebody in your residence is at least 60 years old, that limit is raised to $3,000. Assistance from TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program), or SSI (Supplemental Security Income), don’t count as assets when applying for food stamps. What is counted as assets is any cash you’ve got, money which you have saved in a bank account, or your vehicle (in some cases).
One more requirement is an income limit, which is influenced by how many people you have residing in your household when you are applying for food stamps.
A person’s expenses are also taken into consideration when you apply for food stamps. If you’re paying for child or elderly care, rent, mortgage, or utilities; all of those costs will be taken into consideration. Certain medical expenses may also be considered under certain circumstances.
All those who pass the requirements and have their application approved to start receiving SNAP benefits, will be given an EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card. The EBT card may be used like a debit card to purchase food at certain grocery stores, convenience stores, or even farmer markets.
What Do I Do When I Am Approved?
When you have been approved to get food stamps you will find an Hawaii EBT card in your mail within 7 days or you will need to visit your local Department of Human Services office to pick up your card. Once you have your card it will need to have a pin number set before it can be used. To set the pin number you can either set the number when you pick up your card or you can activate a pin number online here.
That all depends on the first letter of your last name. If that letter is anything from A-I, you will get your benefits on the third of each month. If your last name starts with any letter from J-Z, your benefits will arrive on the fifth of each month. If you are receiving cash benefits as well as SNAP, your food stamps will arrive on the first of each month.