The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), called the Food Supplement Program (FSP) in Maryland, formerly known as Food Stamps, helps low-income households buy the food they need for good health. Everyone has the right to apply for FSP.
Assists low-income households to have a more nutritious diet by increasing their purchasing power.
- A household is defined as a group of people who live together, buy food and prepare their meals together.
- Everyone in the household MUST be included on the application.
- A household consists of parents and any children, married or unmarried under the age of 22, and any children they may have residing in the home.
- Adult children (22 or older) can be a separate household if they purchase and prepare their meals separately. The adult child would need to file a separate application.
- There can be several different household units in the same family, in the same home.
For example: A 3 generational home can have 3 separate households if all the generations are purchasing and preparing their food separately.
Monthly benefits depend on:
- number of people in the household
- amount of GROSS household income
- certain allowable expenses
Please Note: GROSS income is before taxes or anything else is taken out
Food Supplement is only part of the household’s monthly food budget! Households must spend some of their own cash along with their Food Supplement benefits in order to buy enough food for the whole month.
Applicants must file an application, be interviewed, and meet all financial and technical eligibility factors prior to issuance of FSP benefits. Some people who have little or no money may qualify for Expedited Food Supplement benefits right away. They must have only an interview and verify identity.
Visit: http://dhr.maryland.gov/food-supplement-program/ for more information on income guidelines and/or to apply online.