The Department of Human Services handles the Nutrition Program for Hawaii. In Hawaii, the program also goes by the federal name SNAP, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. You can file an application and read more about who is eligible to receive SNAP benefits in Hawaii by visiting the website for the Department of Human Services. The website gives you a basic list of questions that individuals often need help with during a difficult financial period. The food stamp program in Hawaii is designed for individuals and families who are experiencing a difficulty in providing the right nutrition for themselves and dependents. Food assistance allows persons to provide healthy diets and beneficial food to their household. There are different offices on the islands of Hawaii that help residents procure food assistance. These offices are based on where you live, whether in Oahu, Big Island or Maui. Helping Hands Hawaii, Hope Services Hawaii and Salvation Army are all affiliated with the food stamp program.
Applying for Food Stamps
You can apply online for government benefits through the RealChoices Hawaii website. This website also provides an organization search that will help you access other benefits and a directory of organizations. You can start an application by clicking "Apply Online for Government Benefits." You need to fill out the "Financial Assistance and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Form." You also first need to register with RealChoices to access your application and check the status later. Once ready, click "Apply Now." The application will go through your basic information such as name, date of birth and contact details. You will also need to provide a social security number, income and asset information. Your household size will also be determined on the form. These factors determine your eligibility but you will also be contacted by a representative for an interview, which will further assess your income and household. You can get started on an application by clicking here. If you want to bring in a form to an office, you first need to download and print a form, then call the statewide Public Assistance Information Line at 808-643-1643 to find a location nearest you to turn in the form. You can also request more information to be sent to your location.
Receiving Food Stamps
There are specific regulations that determine your eligibility to receive food stamps in Hawaii. To participate in SNAP, households in which all members receive or are eligible to receive TANF or SSI cash assistance are eligible to receive food stamps. There is no gross income limit, no net income limit and no asset limit for these individuals. Households that are provided a TANF funded service, such as the DHS 1464 TANF Informational Brochure, who gross monthly income is less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) are also eligible for SNAP with no asset limit. Households that contain a member who is disqualified from SNAP may not be eligible to receive food stamp benefits, but may be eligible to receive SNAP benefits at 130 percent FPL and with an asset limit of $2,000 or $3,000 if there is an elderly or disabled member of the household. In general, there are also specific income limits. For example, a household size of three cannot exceed an income of $2310 per month. Once you pass these eligibility requirements, you may receive a card in the mail that will electronically deposit food assistance funds each month. You will also receive an approval letter.
Finding Food Service Locations
SNAP is the federal name for the food assistance programs. Every state has multiple SNAP locations. In fact, every county should have multiple locations where you can use your card. You can find specific locations near you using the SNAP retailer locator on the federal website. You can also call 808-643-1643 to find out what office is nearest you and also inquire about verified SNAP locations. You can also call a local line at 643-1643.