About Maine's Food Supplement Program (formerly Food Stamps)
Food Supplement Program
August 2014 Note: New work rules for some people who get food benefits go into effect on October 1, 2014. MEJP has posted important information about these changes here. If you have more questions about the new rules or believe that you have lost benefits in violation of the rules, contact us.
Here is some information about the Food Supplement Program in Maine. Find out how to qualify and how much help you can get.
- Try our Maine Food Supplement Program Estimators. This easy-to-use tool helps you to figure out whether you may be eligible and for how much.
- To apply online, go to My Maine Connection. Online application is recommended. Or, if you need more help, find your local office here. More information from DHHS here (including link to the detailed "Maine Food Supplement Program Certification Manual," which the DHHS workers use to determine eligibility and grant amounts).
- If you have questions about how to use your Quest card, read: Using Your EBT Card to Get Food Supplements and TANF: Frequently Asked Questions.
- For information about what you are allowed to buy with your Food Supplement benefits, go to the USDA website. More information from the USDA here.
- Go to the Maine Equal Justice Project website to read The Food Supplement Program: An Overview. This will answer many questions you may have about how to qualify for a food supplement. How much property can you own? Who has to follow work rules? Who must be included as part of the benefit household?
- FRAC (Food Research and Action Center) works at the national public policy level to fight hunger and undernutrition. Go there to learn more about the big political picture.
Updated October 2014