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How To Apply For Food Stamps In Hawaii

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federally funded program that offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families. The program is run by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). If you live in this state and need to apply for a Hawaii EBT Card, then the information below shows you how to apply for food stamps in Hawaii. If you have additional questions or concerns about the Hawaii SNAP program or the EBT application process, please contact the Hawaii Department of Human Services for assistance.

Who is Eligible to Receive Hawaii SNAP?
Households must meet specific eligibility requirements and provide proof of their statements about household circumstances. U.S. citizens and some aliens who are admitted for permanent residency may qualify. Federal poverty guidelines are established by the Office of Management and Budget, and are updated annually by the Department of Health and Human Services.

What is the SNAP Application Process?
Hawaii residents seeking SNAP assistance must fill out a standard benefits application form, which is available for pick up from all State benefits offices, and for download from the Department of Human Services (DHS) website. After you have filled out your application and gathered all the required paperwork to verify your information, visit the benefits office closest to your residence. Click here for benefits office contact information statewide.

An intake worker will review your completed application package to determine if you qualify for SNAP benefits. If you are eligible, the worker will assign you to one of three eligibility standards, based on your family's unique situation. The federal poverty guidelines (FPL) listed below will help you to determine if your monthly income exceeds SNAP eligibility criteria. If your income exceed the criteria, you will not be eligible for SNAP assistance.

Household Size 200% Monthly Gross Income (BBCE) 130% Monthly Gross Income 100% Net Monthly Income
1 $2260 $1468 $1130
2 $3056 $1986 $1528
3 $3852 $2504 $1926
4 $4650 $3022 $2325
5 $5446 $3540 $2723
6 $6242 $4058 $3121
7 $7040 $4575 $3520
8 $7836 $5093 $3918
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Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility (BBCE) expands SNAP benefits to low-income families with high expenses, and to families whose gross incomes are slightly higher than the 130% FPL normal gross income test. Under BBCE, the gross income limit is 200% FPL and there is an unlimited asset standard. Most households qualify for BBCE. However, if a household member has been disqualified under SNAP, it may not qualify for BBCE. Other eligibility criteria include:

Households where all members receive, or are eligible to receive TANF or SSI, are categorically eligible for SNAP. There is no gross income limit, no net income limit and no asset limit.

Net monthly income must be 100% or less of the Federal poverty guidelines. Net income is figured by adding all of a household's gross income, and then taking a number of approved deductions for child care, extra shelter costs and other expenses. Households with an elderly or disabled member are subject only to the net income test.

Most able-bodied adult applicants must meet certain work requirements. All household members must provide a Social Security number or apply for one.

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