In Delaware, the Food Supplement Program is administered through the Division of Social Services. Through this program, low-income families are able to buy a variety of food that can meet their nutritional needs. These food stamp benefits are issued through an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) system. Recipients of the Food Supplement Program use an EBT card at local grocery stores to make purchases.
You have to apply for food stamps in order to receive these benefits. In Delaware, there are a few eligibility requirements that you must meet. For example, you must be a U.S. citizen. You must also meet certain gross monthly income limits. Based on your household size, there are also maximum allotment of food stamp benefits. For a full breakdown, click here.
When applying for food stamps in Delaware, there are a few options. The easiest is to apply for food stamps online via the state’s ASSIST website. The process is easier and faster than going to a DSS office. Otherwise, you must apply at a local DSS office. A full list of locations is available here. A copy of the application is available here. Once you are approved for benefits, your benefits will be posted into your EBT account by 6 a.m. the next morning. Every month, benefits are posted by 6 a.m. alphabetically over 15 calendar days starting with the second calendar day of each month. This staggered system helps grocers stock their shelves according to the increased demand. To make purchases with your food stamp benefits, simply use your EBT card like you would any typical debit card. In Delaware, the EBT card is typically referred to as the Delaware Food First card.
1. How can I check my balance in my EBT account?
To check your EBT account balance, simply visit their website and enter your EBT card account number.
2. When will I receive my food stamp benefits?
Typically, you will receive benefits within 30 days of applying. For certain families, expedited benefits will become available within seven days.
3. Can a child apply for separate food stamp benefits?
No. If you are under 22 and live with your parents, you must apply with your parents.
4. What is the general rule about income limits?
Generally speaking, the maximum gross monthly income limit for most individuals is set at 130 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.
5. What is the Food Bank of Delaware?
The Food Bank of Delaware is an organization aimed at helping combat the various hunger and nutrition issues in the state. The organization is a member of Feeding America, and is a statewide nonprofit agency. For more information, visit their website at http://www.fbd.org/.
Contact: Delaware Food Stamp Website.