Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides nutrition benefits to eligible low-income individuals and families so they can purchase healthy food and move towards self-sufficiency.
Notice: If you are an Able-bodied Adult Without Dependants (ABAWD), work rules have been suspended from 10-01-2021 through 09-30-2022.
There have been important changes to the Child Tax Credit that will help many families receive advance payments.
Advance Child Tax Credits (ACTC) payments are early IRS payments from the 50 percent of the estimated amount of the Child Tax Credit that you may claim on your 2021 tax return during the 2022 tax filing season. If the IRS has processed your 2020 or 2019 tax return, these monthly payments will be made starting in July and through December 2021, based on the information contained in that return.
If you would rather claim the full credit when you file your 2021 tax return or you know you won’t be eligible for the Child Tax Credit for your 2021 tax year, you can unenroll through the Child Tax Credit Update Portal (CTC UP). CTC UP will allow you to unenroll before the first advance Child Tax Credit payment is made.
If you receive SNAP, Medicaid, or cash assistance benefits, you may be eligible to receive utility assistance through the Electric Assistance Program and the Fuel Assistance and Weatherization Assistance Programs.
Contact your local Community Action Agency to apply today.
New Hampshire estimates that it will issue $6.6 million to approximately 7,830 SNAP-enrolled children in child care from October 2020 through June 2021.
The State’s plan for SNAP-enrolled children in child care covers the months of October 2020 through June 2021. Children in child care are eligible for benefits if they are enrolled in SNAP and their child care facility is closed or operating with reduced attendance or hours, or if they live in the area of a school that is closed or operating with reduced attendance or hours. The State will auto-issue these benefits onto an existing EBT card. No application is necessary. Benefits will be available to households who qualify on September 15, 2021.
EBT cardholders are now able to make online purchases at Amazon, ALDI, Walmart, BJ’s Warehouse Club (BJ’s) Price Chopper, Hannaford, Price Rite and McKinnon’s can accept EBT SNAP purchases on SNAP approved items only, and any additional fees (such as delivery fees) must be paid via another form of payment.
***Walmart can accept both EBT SNAP & Cash purchases, with cash being able to be used for any additional fees and non-SNAP approved items.
Amazon, ALDI, Walmart, BJ’s, Price Chopper, Hannaford, Price Rite and McKinnon’s may offer promotions at different times and delivery fees may be charged. Prior to making purchases the retailers’ websites should be checked to find any current promotions being offered.
Scan & Go Purchase feature (in-club)
EBT cardholders which are members of Sam’s Club will now be able to use Sam’s Club: Scan & Go Purchase feature in-club, to link an EBT card and streamline checkout at physical club locations for EBT-eligible items.
Sam’s Club may offer promotions at different times and delivery fees may be charged. Prior to making purchases the retailers’ websites should be checked to find any current promotions being offered.
Who is eligible for SNAP?
SNAP eligibility depends on your household size, income, expenses and resources. You may qualify if you own your home, have no home, live with someone else or live alone. You can have a job and you do not have to have children as long as your household meets eligibility guidelines. The Program gives deductions for things like housing costs, utilities, medical costs and child care.
Don’t assume that you won’t be eligible. The only way to find out is to apply.
You can apply online at nheasy.nh.gov. You can call 603-271-9700 or 1-800-852-3345 extension 9700 and they will mail you an application, or you can print an application from this website.
What is a Quality Assurance Review and why do I have to adhear?
Quality Assurance Reviews are conducted by NH DHHS staff to ensure the integrity of the NH Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP) eligibility and issuance process. SNAP members are required to comply as a term of their participation in the program. Refusal can result in suspension from benefits.
How Will I Receive and Use My SNAP Benefits?
Your SNAP benefits are directly deposited once a month into your Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) SNAP account. You will use an EBT debit card to go shopping at participating grocery stores. At check out, you will use the same card machine used by all other customers. No one will know how you are paying for your food except the cashier and you. The store clerk is trained to assist you if you need help. You can learn more about EBT at the EBT webpage.
What Can I Buy With My Snap Benefits?
You can buy milk and other dairy products; meat, fish, poultry, eggs and beans; cereals, rice, pasta and other grain products; any ingredient used for baking or cooking; fruits and vegetables; cold deli foods for home consumption; ice and water for human consumption; infant formula, some special dietetic or diabetic food and "natural" or "organic" food items; and garden seeds and plants for growing food at home.
You cannot buy any kind of beer, alcohol or wine; any type of tobacco products; non-food items like cleaning products, soap and paper products; drugstore medicines such as aspirin, cough syrup and vitamins; items to preserve food such as jars and freezer containers; any "hot" prepared foods that are ready to eat; and foods not for people such as pet foods.
Can I buy seeds and plants with my SNAP benefits?
Yes, can use your SNAP benefits to buy seeds and plants to produce food for your household. Learn more about growing your own food at https://www.snapgardens.org/snap-participant/.
I am an ABAWD. Are work rules currently suspended?
Yes. ABAWD work rules have been suspended from 10-01-2021 through 09-30-2022.
Granite State Market Match
Don’t forget to get your tokens when you see the Granite State Market Match logo!
For a list of all locations where you get twice as much, read Get More With Your SNAP $$ By Looking for These Logos!
Would you like to accept Food Stamp benefits at your store or Farmer’s Market? Follow these steps to apply online.Learn more about Granite State Market Match
Get more with your SNAP dollars at participating Farmers' Markets. With every SNAP dollar spent, you will get an additional dollar to spend on fresh fruits and veggies. Go to the Market Manage Booth and ask for “Granite State Market Match!”
Shopping at farmers markets or farm stands doesn’t just help your community’s farmers, it’s fun! See the Summer Farmer's Market 2022 schedule from the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets, and Foods. For farmer's markets on the seacoast, go to Seacoast Eat Local's Summer Farmers’ Market's website.
Double Up Food Bucks
Another healthy and delicious way to stretch your SNAP benefit is to shop where you see the DOUBLE UP FOOD BUCKS sign. You can get 50% off the fresh fruits and vegetables you buy instantly when you ask the cashier for Double Up Food Bucks. Then swipe your EBT or P-EBT card and enjoy!!
Visit DoubleUpNH.org for more information and a list of participating stores.
SNAP Program Work Rules
Please read this important information about work rules for ABAWD SNAP recipients:
If you do not understand these rules or have questions about them, please call, email or visit your local District Office.
SNAP Employment & Training Program
If you get SNAP benefits, we have services that can help you find and get a job. Find out more at the SNAP Employment & Training page.
Are You Eligible For WIC?
If you are pregnant or have young children up to the age of 5, you may be eligible for the WIC Nutrition Program. WIC offers nutritious foods, like milk and cheese and fruits and vegetables, along with nutrition education and breastfeeding support. To apply, call WIC at 1-800-942-4321 or visit the Women, Infant & Children Nutrition Program page for more information.
SNAP Nondiscrimination Notice
This institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex and in some cases religion or political beliefs.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture also prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027), found online at How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
- Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For any other information dealing with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) issues, persons should either contact the USDA SNAP Hotline Number at (800) 221-5689, which is also in Spanish, or find them online at www.fns.usda.gov/contact-us.
To file a complaint of discrimination regarding a program receiving Federal financial assistance through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), write: HHS Director, Office for Civil Rights, Room 515-F, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20201 or call (202) 619-0403 (voice) or (800) 537-7697 (TTY).
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
You may also write: Ombudsman, NH DHHS, 129 Pleasant St., Concord, NH 03301-3857, or call (603) 271-6941 or 1-800-852-3345 ext. 6941. TDD Access: Relay NH 1-800-735-2964 or 711.