Benefit Details
Maryland Food Supplement Program
Managing Agency Maryland

Program Description

The Food Supplement Program (FSP), as the Federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is called in the state of Maryland, helps low-income households buy the food they need for healthy eating. Benefits are used like cash to buy food. FSP benefits are accessed through an Electronic Benefits Transfer System. Most households must meet a gross income test (130 percent of the poverty guideline). If the household includes an elderly person or a person receiving disability benefits, only the "net test" (instead of using the gross income, the net income is used) must be met. Possible deductions from gross income include: 20 percent of earned income, a standard deduction according to household size, a dependent-care deduction any medical expenses in excess of $35 for elderly or disabled members, and housing and legally owed/paid child support. The FSP benefit amount is based on income and certain deductions.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Maryland 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).

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

An application must be filed, interview conducted and all financial and technical eligibility factors met prior to issuance of benefits. There are a number of ways to apply, including at the Local Department of Social Services (LDSS). To find the office nearest you, please visit

You may file an application online at To download an application, please visit

Program Contact Information

For more information on the Food Supplement Program in Maryland visit our website at:
Or call:

Or write:
311 W. Saratoga St.
Baltimore, MD 21201