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.
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P-EBT (Pandemic-EBT) SNAP benefits available for eligible households for Summer 2023
If your household participated in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) during the 2022-2023 school year, you may be eligible for Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits as part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for the months of July and August 2023. This program provided families with benefits to offset the cost of meals children ate at home during the summer months, meals that they would have eaten at school during the school year. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act authorized the USDA to approve P-EBT plans during the 2023 “covered summer period,” when schools are deemed closed.
If you currently receive SNAP benefits and children in your household are eligible for the NSLP at their school, your household is automatically eligible for these benefits. You do not need to complete an application, and P-EBT benefits will automatically go onto your current EBT card in early November.
If you do NOT currently receive SNAP benefits and children in your household were determined to be eligible for the NSLP, you will need to complete a brief application on the NH EASY website (https://nheasy.nh.gov/). The application will be available on the website from September 30, 2023, through November 30, 2023. If it is determined that your household is eligible for P-EBT, you will receive a P-EBT card in the mail and benefits will be available on that card in either November or December, based on your application date. If your application was received prior to November 1, you will receive your benefits in November. If your application is received after November 1 and before November 30, you will receive your benefits in December. Please be aware that your new P-EBT card can take up to two weeks to arrive.
You can use your card at any major food retailer or grocery store that displays a “We Accept EBT” poster in the window. Participation in the program is voluntary.
Important Changes To ABAWD Age Limit And Exemptions
Effective September 1, 2023, there are changed to the age limit and exemptions for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs). An ABAWD is an individual who is fit for work and does not have a child under age 18 in their SNAP household. ABAWDs are limited to 3 months of SNAP benefits in a 3-year period, unless they are meeting work requirement or are exempt.
Beginning September 1, 2023, the age range for ABAWDs is 18 through 50 years old. New exemptions to the time limit for ABAWDs are also effective this date.
Beginning October 1, 2023, the age range for ABAWDs changes to 18 through 52 years old.
SNAP Temporary Student Exemptions Ending June 2023
Any students applying after June 9, 2023, will not be allowed to use the SNAP Temporary Student Exemption. Any recertification submitted on or after July 1, 2023, who are currently under a temporary student exemption will no longer be allowed to use this temporary exemption and will need to provide proof that they meet a student eligibility criterion in order to be considered an eligible student to receive SNAP benefits. See current student exemptions here: FSM 239.01.
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.
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. You can also contact our SNAP Outreach partners at the New Hampshire Food Bank for assistance with applying for benefits.
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.
Can I use the Scan & Go Purchase feature (in-club) at Sam's Club with my EBT card?
Yes. EBT cardholders who 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.
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.
How can I make online SNAP purchases with my EBT card?
EBT cardholders are now able to make online purchases at Amazon, ALDI, Walmart, BJ’s Warehouse Club (BJ’s) Price Chopper, Hannaford, Price Rite, McKinnon’s, Whole Foods, Shaw's, and Target 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, McKinnon’s, Whole Foods, Shaw's, and Target 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.
What are ABAWD work rules?
I am an ABAWD. Are work rules currently suspended?
No. ABAWD work requirements were reinstated on July 1, 2023.
What is a Quality Assurance Review and why do I have to adhere?
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.
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, use the Granite State Market Match Locator!
Would you like to accept SNAP benefits at your store or Farmer’s Market? Follow these steps to apply online.
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 2023 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 Double Up Food Bucks – Granite State Market Match for more information and a list of participating stores.
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
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.
Program information may be made available in languages other than English, Persons with disabilities who required alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), 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.
To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained at: USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, from any USDA office, by calling (833) 620-1071, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainants name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to:
Food and Nutrition Service, USDA
1320 Braddock Place, Room 334
Alexandria, VA 22314; or
- Fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
- Email: FNSCIVILRIGHTSCOMPLAINT@usda.gov
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.