In New Mexico, the Human Services Department administers Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, SNAP provides financial assistance to low-income people and households to purchase food products. Federal guidelines set out the eligibility rules to receive SNAP benefits. In order to qualify for food stamp benefits, you must be a U.S. citizen or qualified lawful resident. You must also live in New Mexico and meet income limits and work program participation.
Once you’ve determined you’re eligible, you should apply for food stamp benefits online. You also can download the application and mail it in, or visit your nearest field office to apply. Once you’ve turned in your application, you will be asked to come in for an interview with an eligibility worker. You will need to provide documentation verifying your identity, residency and financial situation. You will then be notified by letter within 45 days as to whether you’ve been approved for SNAP benefits. If you’re approved, you will receive SNAP benefits via an EBT account. You can use your New Mexico EBT Card to purchase qualified food items. It typically takes up to seven days to receive your EBT card after you’re approved.
1. When will I get my benefits?
SNAP benefits are distributed from the first of the month through the 20th, depending on the last four digits of your Social Security Number.
2. What should I do if my EBT card is lost or stolen?
If your EBT card is lost or stolen, immediately call the J.P. Morgan Customer Service Help Desk at 1-800-843-8303. Your card will be cancelled and a replacement card will be ordered.
3. How can I check my EBT account balance?
The easiest way to check your EBT account balance is to keep your receipts. However, you can also check your balance and transaction history online.
4. What is SNAP Nutrition Education?
SNAP-Ed is a nutrition education program that can help you maximize your SNAP benefits. For more information, call 1-877-993-3637 or visit them online.
5. Are there items that I cannot buy with SNAP benefits?
Yes. Federal law prohibits you from buying alcohol, tobacco, household items, vitamins and medicines, pet food and hot foods with food stamp benefits.
Contact: New Mexico Feed Stamps.