Written by Maria Jackson
In New Mexico, the food stamp program is called The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP is designed to help families with very little income to continue to purchase healthy and nutritious food while still having money left to pay for other necessities.
SNAP is administered through the Income Support Division of the New Mexico Human Services Department.
You can apply for SNAP benefits in a variety of ways, including by filling out an online application. You can also go to your local Income Support Division field office, where you can pick up an application and fill it out there or return it later in-person or by mail or fax. You can also call (800) 432-6217 for assistance.
The ISD offices are located in each county, such as Bernalillo County, Santa Fe County or San Juan County. There may be more than one field office in your county if it is a highly populated county.
In order to receive SNAP benefits in New Mexico, you will have to meet certain income and other eligibility requirements.
You must be a US citizen or legal immigrant, and you must be able to provide proof of this. You must also have a Social Security Number and be able to provide proof that you're a resident of New Mexico.
You will need to provide information about how many people live and eat in your household and how much total income your household brings in. You will also need to provide proof of how much assets you have and whether you have any qualifying deductions, such as your utilities or child support payments.
You will need to show several documents to prove your identity, residency and income. These could include a photo ID, rental agreement, birth certificate, pay stubs or checks, utility bills, letters or checks showing any government benefits you receive, and bank statements.
You can also use an online pre-screening tool to help you determine your eligibility for New Mexico SNAP benefits.
In order to be eligible for monthly food stamp assistance, your household will have to meet certain income limitations. The amount of people in your household and your income will determine how much food assistance you can receive each month.
In New Mexico, the current monthly gross income limits are:
After you have filled out an application for SNAP benefits at your local New Mexico ISD office, you will have to go to the office for an interview with an ISD worker to complete your application. This interview will likely be within 10 days of you submitting your application. The worker will help you go through your application and will need to see the documentation described above.
You will then be notified by a letter whether or not you are eligible for SNAP benefits. You should receive this letter within 30 days of your application. If you are denied benefits, you can ask for a fair hearing on the decision.
If you need food assistance more urgently, you may be eligible to receive SNAP benefits in as little as 7 days. If you have very little to no money or assets, you are part of a migrant worker household, your shelter costs are more than what you earn or you meet other eligibility requirements, you may be eligible for this urgent assistance.
Once you've been approved for SNAP assistance, you will receive your monthly benefits on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. The EBT card will be mailed to your house. The EBT card functions like a debit card and you can use it to purchase food at any stores that accept the EBT card.
Keep in mind that you cannot purchase hot foods or items like alcohol or pet food with your EBT card. You can use your food stamp benefits to purchase healthy foods like fruits and vegetables though.
In order to make sure you're getting the most out of your New Mexico SNAP benefits, you can combine them with grocery coupons to stretch your monthly benefits as long as possible.
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Spend a little time on Grocery Coupon Network and plan out your shopping trips. You can also find tips and tricks on how to coupon effectively and delicious recipes you can use once you've bought everything you need.
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