Maryland Food Assistance Program

Food Supplement Program (FSP), Maryland’s name for SNAP, helps low-income households in Maryland buy the food they need for healthy diet.

Benefits are issued electronically on a card that can be used, like a debit card, to purchase eligible food from local grocery stores or wherever EBT is accepted. In Maryland, the EBT card is known as the “Independence Card”.

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

  1. Live in Maryland
  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, you must register for work, accept an offer of suitable work, and take part in an employment and training program, unless otherwise exempted.

ABAWDs living in non-exempt counties must meet certain work requirements. Otherwise, receipt of benefits is limited to no more than 3 months during a 36-month period.

FAQ #


What is the maximum income to qualify for food stamps in Maryland? #

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Most families in Maryland with gross income up to 130% of the federal poverty level, about $2,380 a month for a family of three, qualify for food stamps.

How much food stamps will I get in MD? #

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Benefits may vary depending on a variety of factors, including the household’s size and income. For example, a family of 3 with no income may receive up to $383 in monthly benefits.

How do I apply for food stamps in Maryland? #

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File an application with your local Department of Social Services or go to myDHR to apply online. myDHR is the department’s new online application portal which replaced Maryland SAIL.

Once your application is received, an interview will then be arranged to determine your eligibility, either by phone or in person.

How long does it take to get food stamps in MD? #

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If you qualify for FSP, you’ll receive your benefits no later than 30 days from the date of your application. In some emergency cases, you may get benefits in as little as seven days.