Program DescriptionThe Food Supplement Program (FSP) is a program that enables low-income households to purchase the food they need to maintain adequate nutritional levels. Food benefits are issued through an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) system. When benefits are approved, the benefits are posted to the client's account by 6:00 a.m. the next morning. Monthly benefits are posted to accounts by 6:00 a.m. alphabetically over fifteen calendar days starting with the 2nd calendar day of each month. The staggered issuance allows more grocers to restock their shelves with nutritious fresh foods and help improve customer service for all shoppers. A food benefit household is defined as a group of people who purchase and prepare food together. Spouses and children under the age of 22 who live together must be included in the same food benefit household. You must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible alien to get food benefits.
General Program RequirementsIn order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Delaware and fall into one of two groups: (1) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $2,001, or (2) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $3,001 who share their household with a person or persons age 60 and over, or with a person with a disability (a child, your spouse, a parent, or yourself). For either group, you must also have an annual household income of less than $14,079 if one person lives in the household; $18,941 if two people live in the household; $23,803 if three people live in the household; $28,665 if four people live in the household; $33,527 if five people live in the household; $38,389 if six people live in the household; $43,251 if seven people live in the household; or $48,113 if eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $4,862 for each additional person in the home.
Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application ProcessTo apply for this program, contact the state unit nearest you:
Program Contact Information
For more information visit our website at: http://dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dss/foodstamps.html