New Hampshire Food Stamp Eligibility Guidelines

Anyone in need can apply for food stamps.
Anyone in need can apply for food stamps. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

To be eligible for the food stamp program in New Hampshire, your income must meet federal guidelines, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Studies conducted by the federal government show that most people spend 30 percent of their income on food, so if your income and expenses prohibit you from doing that, you're probably eligible for benefits.

How to Apply

As of 2011, there are 12 Family Assistance District Offices in New Hampshire that accept food stamp applications, according to the USDA. New Hampshire doesn't currently offer online applications, but if you're unable to visit the office nearest you due to poor health or age, you can mail an application in.

Income Limits and Deductions

As of 2011, a one-person household must earn no more than $1,174 a month in gross income to qualify for food stamps. This amount goes up by about $400 for each member added to the family. After deductions — which include a 20 percent automatic deduction plus child care expenses, utility and housing costs, and medical bills for elderly or disabled members — a one-person household must earn no more than $903 a month. That amount goes up by about $300 for each additional family member.

Cashable Assets

Cashable assets incorporate money on hand or in the bank, stocks, bonds, savings and investment accounts, according to the USDA. Your home and lot don't count, as well as most retirement accounts. Vehicles are considered an asset by the USDA, but New Hampshire doesn't count the value of one vehicle per each adult in the home, according to Work World. If there are additional vehicles, the value is counted if it's worth more than $4,650.

Benefit Amounts

The maximum food stamp allotment for a family of one is $200 per month, according to the USDA. For a family of two it's $367 and for a family of three it's $526. As you can see, the amount increases by about $150 to $160 when a new member is added to the family. Not every family will qualify for the maximum benefits, but USDA statistics showed most eligible families received $227 a month in 2008.

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