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Maryland Food Stamp Program Schedule for December 2022 and Where To Find SNAP Discounts

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Marylanders who need assistance purchasing food can apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits with the state’s Department of Human Services (DHS). Benefits are distributed according to the same schedule every month, based on the first three letters of your last name. That’s the case in December 2022 as well.

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SNAP applications can be made online at myDHR or at local departments of social services, which will give or mail you a SNAP application on the same day you ask for one. You can ask for it in person, over the phone, by mail, or someone else can get one for you. The office will accept a signed application form on the same day you turn it in, even if they cannot interview you on that day.

SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, is a federal program that provides food-purchasing assistance to low-income households. Although it is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the program is administered at the state level. In Maryland, your SNAP benefits are deposited monthly onto the Maryland Independence Card, its version of the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card.

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Maryland Independence Cards can be used at SNAP-approved grocery stores and retailers to purchase the following food items:

Some SNAP recipients can also use the Maryland Independence Card to buy hot meals at participating locations because Maryland is among the states that participate in SNAP’s Restaurant Meals Program. The RMP allows elderly, homeless and disabled SNAP recipients to use their SNAP benefits for prepared or hot food from participating restaurants and delis.

In addition, the card can be used to make online purchases on food items that have a “SNAP EBT eligible” label. Participating stores include Amazon, ShopRite, Walmart, Food Lion, Giant of Maryland, Martin’s, Aldi, Weis and Safeway. Delivery fees and any other associated fees must be paid using a different payment method.

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Among the items you can’t buy with SNAP benefits are alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, vitamins, medicines, supplements, live animals, pet foods, cleaning supplies, paper products and cosmetics.

How To Score EBT Discounts

SNAP benefits in Maryland and elsewhere also come with perks that go beyond purchasing food — including discounts on certain products and services. Here’s a quick look at money-saving opportunities your EBT card provides:

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SNAP eligibility in Maryland is determined by household income and other criteria. To qualify, able-bodied adults between 16 and 60 years of age must register for work, accept an offer of suitable work and take part in an employment and training program when referred to one by the local department of social services.

If your household passes SNAP eligibility tests, your monthly benefit amount will depend on the number of people in your household and how much monthly income is left after certain expenses are subtracted.

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SNAP benefits in Maryland are sent out from the 4th to the 23rd of the month. Here is the schedule for December 2022:

First three letters of last name are between:Benefits available:
AAA and BAODec. 4
BAP and BQZDec. 5
BRA and CAQDec. 6
CAR and COQDec. 7
COR and DIZDec. 8
DJA and FISDec. 9
FIT and GONDec. 10
GOO and HAXDec. 11
HAY and JABDec. 12
JAC and KIMDec. 13
KIN and LOXDec. 14
LOY and MCODec. 15
MCP and NEFDec. 16
NEG and PGZDec. 17
PHA and RICDec. 18
RID and SDZDec. 19
SEA and STCDec. 20
STD and TRADec. 21
TRB and WESDec. 22
WET and ZZZDec. 23

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