Snap: the Benefits of the Maine Pine Tree Card Don’t Start Being Given Out Until April 10!

Families and individuals with low incomes can receive monthly benefits through Maine’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Once you have been authorized for SNAP benefits, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services will mail you a Maine Pine Tree Card, which is the state’s version of the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, to use while shopping.

It is possible to use the Maine Pine Tree Card in the same way that a credit or debit card is used to purchase nutritious food at authorized locations or anywhere you see the Quest logo.

SNAP benefits can also be utilized at online retailers such as Amazon, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Hannaford to go, and Walmart for purchases that are delivered or picked up at the curb.

Amazon, BJ’s, and Hannaford are the only stores that accept SNAP benefits, but Walmart accepts both SNAP and EBT cash benefit programs.

Food can be purchased online in the same way that it can be purchased in stores; however, SNAP benefits cannot be used to cover delivery costs.

Until April 10.

Maine SNAP eligibility is determined by a combination of factors including income, assets, expenses, and household size. Depending on your household’s circumstances, you may be asked to present documentation proving your household’s income, identity, citizenship status, assets, and other items, among other things.

SNAP recipients in Maine can apply for the program online using the My Maine Connection site, by email or fax, or by mailing a paper application to the Office for Family Independence.

Maine’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits are distributed from the 10th to the 14th of every month, according to the last digit of your birth date.

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If your situation is as follows:

Benefits are available through the end of the birthday on April 10th.

The birthday ends in Benefits available
0 or 9 April 10th
1 or 8 April 11th
2 or 3 April 12th
4 or 7 April 13th
5 or 6 April 14th

Consider the following scenario: if you were born on the second, twelfth, or twentieth of the month, you would receive benefits on April 12.

If you were born on the 9th, 19th, or 29th of April, you would be eligible to receive benefits on the 10th of April, the earliest possible date.