Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
What is the purpose of this service?
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, provides financial assistance to eligible people with low incomes and resources purchase food products. SNAP benefits are simple to use when purchasing food products at the grocery store.
Who can receive SNAP food assistance?
The federal government sets the rules for who qualifies for SNAP Benefits and determines the amount of SNAP Benefits for which one may receive each month. HSD will help determine if a person qualifies for SNAP. This normally depends on how much money a person earns each month, and it also depends on what a person may own.
Basic SNAP Rules
When applying for SNAP benefits, there are some basic rules that apply to any person who may potentially receive benefits. They are:
- You must be a U.S. Citizen or a qualified lawful resident
- You must have proper identification
- You must list who lives and eats at the household
- You must provide information about:
- How much money your household receives each month. Food and Cash Assistance Guidelines can be found below.
- What your household owns (property, bank accounts)
- What your household pays for including things like rent, utilities, and child care
- Work program participation is required for some SNAP recipients
- The house you live in does not count for SNAP eligibility
- There are special rules for the cars and trucks you may own
What happens once I return my application?
You will be asked to come in for an interview with an eligibility worker in about ten days. Your assigned worker will give you a list of things you need to provide. This information will tell your worker about you and your household so he or she can determine if you qualify for SNAP assistance. Bring as much of the requested information as you can to the interview. This will help us to help you faster.
If, after your interview, you need to provide more information, your worker will make a list of things you need to do. Your worker will explain the time allowed and ask you to gather the information as soon as you can. If later, you still need more time, or you can't get the information required, let your worker know as soon as possible.
When will I know if I can get SNAP assistance?
You will be notified by letter within 45 days as to whether or not your SNAP assistance was approved. If you do not agree with the letter, you can ask for a Fair Hearing on the decision. Remember, our job is to serve you. It is our policy to ensure that everyone who applies for and qualifies for SNAP assistance receives these benefits in a timely manner and in accordance with the law.
How will I receive my monthly allotment?
Each month your SNAP assistance allotment will be deposited into an Electronic Benefits Card. You can use the EBT card to purchase food items your family needs. For information about the EBT card click HERE.
SNAP Nutrition Education
SNAP-Ed is a nutrition education program that can help you stretch your SNAP dollars. You can also learn tasty and nutritious new recipes. Free classes for adults and youth are taught at sites throughout New Mexico. To find out more, call toll free 1-877-993-3637 or click HERE.
More Information and Resources
- Note: The majority of people who qualify for SNAP may qualify for other services provided by HSD
- Use the Field Office Locator to find your local Family Community Resource Center or contact the Help Line at (800) 432-6217