Hawaii SNAP

Hawaii SNAP, aka food stamps, helps put healthy food within reach for Hawaii’s low-income residents by providing monthly cash benefits.

Priority is granted to single parents, the elderly, people with disabilities as well as families on public assistance. The state allows people who earn up to 200% of the federal poverty level to access SNAP benefits.

In Hawaii, SNAP benefits are issued through an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card which can be used at any grocery store and for services like meals-on-wheels.


Who qualifies for food stamps in Hawaii? #


In order to qualify for SNAP, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Live in Hawaii
  2. Be a US Citizen or a lawful permanent resident
  3. Show proof of identity
  4. Meet certain income guidelines
  5. Have less than $2,250 in resources

As a condition of eligibility, all able-bodied SNAP recipients in Hawaii must meet the general SNAP work rules or the ABAWD work requirements unless otherwise exempt.

ABAWD recipients who aren’t working or exempt are limited to three months of eligibility every 36 months.

What is the income limit for food stamps in Hawaii? #


Most families in Hawaii with gross income up to 200% of the federal poverty level, about $4,200 a month for a family of three, qualify for food stamps.

Those who have less than $150 per month in income and $100 or less in cash may qualify for Emergency SNAP and have their first benefits within 7 days.

How do I apply for food stamps in Hawaii? #


Hawaii residents seeking SNAP assistance must fill out a standard benefits application form and submit it to the benefits office closest to you.

Click here for benefits office contact information statewide.

Once your application is received, an intake worker will review your case and determine if you qualify for SNAP benefits.

How long can I receive SNAP benefits in Hawaii? #


For most Hawaii households without elderly (60+) or disabled people, that period is 12 months or 24 months for households with elderly (60+) or disabled people.

Can you use Hawaii EBT out of state? #


Yes. SNAP benefits are interoperable through the use of your EBT card which means you can use your Hawaii EBT wherever EBT is accepted anywhere in the United States including the District of Columbia, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.