New Hampshire SNAP

New Hampshire’s Food Stamp Program — officially called SNAP, provides eligible individuals and households with monthly benefits used to purchase food items at grocery stores, supermarkets or other participating food retailers.

The program serves low-income families with children, seniors, people with disabilities, and working or unemployed people of all ages.


Who is eligible for SNAP in New Hampshire? #

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

  1. Live in New Hampshire
  2. Be a US Citizen or a lawful permanent resident
  3. Show proof of identity
  4. Meet certain income guidelines

As a condition of eligibility, all work-eligible applicants who aren’t exempt must be actively seeking for work, or participating in an employment and training program.

ABAWDs must comply with special work rules or they will be subject to a three-month time limit on SNAP receipt.

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

Most families in NH with gross income up to 200% of the federal poverty level, about $4,143 a month for a family of three, qualify for food stamps. There is no asset limit in NH.

Family Size 100% 200%
1 $1,215 $2,430
2 $1,643 $3,287
3 $2,072 $4,143
4 $2,500 $5,000
5 $2,928 $5,857
6 $3,357 $6,713
7 $3,785 $7,570
8 $4,213 $8,427

Gross income limit applies to most households, except those in which at least one person is 60 years of age or older, or receives disability income.

How much is the New Hampshire SNAP benefit? #

SNAP benefits may vary from family to family depending on a variety of factors, including the household size, income and allowable deductions.

For example, a family of three with no income may receive up to $740 in monthly benefits or $440 each month if the family has a net monthly income of $1,000.

  • Family Size SNAP Benefits
  • 1 $281
  • 2 $516
  • 3 $740
  • 4 $939
  • 5 $1,116
  • 6 $1,339
  • 7 $1,480
  • 8 $1,691

The actual SNAP benefit amounts are based on a household's net income with a general rule that an increase of $100 in net income results in a reduction of $30 in benefits.

How do I apply for SNAP in NH? #

Application for SNAP has become easier now with NH EASY Gateway to Services. 1 If you don’t already have an account, create one to submit your application.

Once eligibility is confirmed, you will be able to access your SNAP benefits no later than 30 days from the date the office received your application.

If you are accepted into the program, your benefits are automatically deposited to your EBT Card each month you are eligible. Unlike FANF cash benefits, food stamp benefits are issued exclusively via EBT.

The New Hampshire Food Bank runs a mobile pantry and helps people apply for SNAP benefits. It can also be reached at 1-877-347-7627. Its website has a map of food banks in the state.

Can you use NH EBT in other states? #

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


  1. NH EASY Gateway to Services is New Hampshire’s Electronic Application System where you can apply for assistance online, check eligibility, track your application status, and more.
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