Maryland Food Supplement Program

                           

Quick Facts

Location
Maryland
Administering Program Name
Maryland Department of Human Services

Are College Students Eligible for SNAP?

In December 2020, Congress passed legislation that temporarily changes SNAP eligibility requirements for college students. College students enrolled at least half-time and who meet income and eligibility requirements can now qualify for SNAP. If you think you might qualify for SNAP, call Maryland Hunger Solutions at (866) 821-5552 to set up an appointment to receive assistance.
Visit Benefits.gov to learn if your household meets income requirements
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How Do I Apply?

So, you meet the eligibility requirements. Woohoo! How do you get your benefits?

  • Apply online at https://mydhrbenefits.dhr.state.md.us/ 
  • If you’d like to apply in person, you can download an application form here and return it to your local Department of Human Services. You can also appear in person at the office and request a form. If you call the office, they will mail you a form on the same day. 
  • Complete the application process by attending an interview and submitting your verification documents. 
  • If you are approved, you should receive your Independence Card (Maryland’s EBT card) within 30 days of submitting your application. If your situation is urgent you may receive an expedited review and get your Independence Card within 7 days of applying.

Where/How to Use

Benefits are accessed by the use of an EBT card (like a debit or credit card) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN). Each time the card is used, the benefit account balance is reduced by the amount of the purchase. If the card is lost or stolen, it can’t be used by anyone who does not know the PIN, and it may easily be canceled and replaced.

You can use your Independence Card to buy groceries and seeds or plants that produce food. 

You can use your Independence Card to purchase food at any grocery store or farmers’ market that accepts SNAP. Use the map on the FreshEBT app to find grocery stores and farmers markets near you. 

This page was last updated on February 27, 2021.

Quick Facts

Location
Maryland
Administering Program Name
Maryland Department of Human Services

Advocacy Organizations

Outreach Organizations

  • Maryland Hunger Solutions can help you apply for FSP benefits. Call (866) 821-5552 to schedule an appointment. If you’re having trouble filling out the application, fill in your name, address, telephone number, and as much other information as you can. Sign the form and submit it. A case manager can help you fill in the rest at your interview.
  • Maryland Food Bank (410) 737-8282

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