About Maine's Food Supplement Program (formerly Food Stamps)
Food Supplement Program
November 2016 - New Rule on Lottery/Gambling Winnings: As of November 21, 2016 if anyone in your "benefits household" has lottery or gambling winnings of $5000.00 or more in one calendar month, your benefits will automatically be terminated. You can re-apply for benefits immediately, and all of the asset and income tests that would normally apply to you will be done, taking the gambling winnings into account.
March 2015: Has your monthly benefit beeen reduced because you did not apply for fuel aid (LIHEAP)? You can still apply. The LIHEAP application period has been extended for several more months. Learn more here.
New work rules and 3 month limit - December 2014 notice: New work rules for some people who get food benefits went into effect on October 1, 2014. This means that many people will start receiving cut-off and reduction notices in December 2014. But you may still qualify. Learn more here.
EBT card photos - November 2014 notice: You may have heard that the federal government has challenged DHHS on its practice of issuing EBT cards with photos. See news article here. Basically, the rule is that no one is required to have a photo on her EBT card. Also, people who are elderly or disabled should not even be asked if they want an EBT photo. MEJP posts all of the rules here. If you do not want your photo taken and DHHS doesn't allow you that choice, contact us or MEJP.
Here is some information about the Food Supplement Program in Maine. Find out how to qualify and how much help you can get.
- Try our Maine Food Supplement Program Estimators. This easy-to-use tool helps you to figure out whether you may be eligible and for how much.
- To apply online, go to My Maine Connection. Online application is recommended. Or, if you need more help, find your local office here. More information from DHHS here (including link to the detailed "Maine Food Supplement Program Certification Manual," which the DHHS workers use to determine eligibility and grant amounts).
- If you have questions about how to use your Quest card, read: Using Your EBT Card to Get Food Supplements and TANF: Frequently Asked Questions.
- For information about what you are allowed to buy with your Food Supplement benefits, go to the USDA website. More information from the USDA here.
- Go to the Maine Equal Justice Project website to read The Food Supplement Program: An Overview. This will answer many questions you may have about how to qualify for a food supplement. How much property can you own? Who has to follow work rules? Who must be included as part of the benefit household?
- FRAC (Food Research and Action Center) works at the national public policy level to fight hunger and undernutrition. Go there to learn more about the big political picture.
Updated November 2016