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December 2022 Hawaii Benefits Plan and Where to Get SNAP Discounts

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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits in Hawaii are administered by the state’s Department of Human Services (DHS) Benefit, Employment & Support Services Division (BESSD). Payments will be distributed on the same schedule every month, including in December 2022.

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As with all states, households in Hawaii must meet certain eligibility requirements and demonstrate that they qualify. SNAP benefits are available to eligible US citizens, although some non-citizens eligible for permanent residency may be eligible. Eligibility depends on income and household size.

In the Aloha State, households are divided between one and 15 or more members, with net monthly income standards as of October 1, 2022 ranging from $1,303 for a one-person household to $7,641 for a 15-person household.

SNAP, formerly known as Grocery Stamps, is a federal program that helps low-income households buy groceries. Although part of the US Department of Agriculture, the program is administered at the state level. In Hawaii, SNAP benefits are loaded onto Hawaii Electronic Benefit Transfer (HI/EBT) cards each month.

The cards can be used in most grocery stores and certain other retail outlets. You can use SNAP benefits to buy the following groceries:

  • Fruits and vegetables.

  • meat, poultry and fish.

  • Dairy products.

  • bread and muesli.

  • snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.

  • Seeds and plants that produce food for the home.

Items you cannot purchase with SNAP benefits include alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, vitamins, medicines, dietary supplements, live animals, pet food, cleaning supplies, paper products, and cosmetics. Also, in Hawaii, you cannot use your EBT card to purchase hot meals prepared at the point of sale since it is not one of the states that participate in SNAP’s Restaurant Meals Program.

How to get EBT rebates

SNAP benefits in Hawaii and elsewhere also include perks that go beyond buying groceries — including discounts on certain products and services. Here’s a quick look at the money-saving opportunities offered by your EBT card:

  • Amazon Prime discount: Recipients of SNAP and SNAP EBT Cash benefits (or Medicaid benefits) may qualify to save 50% on their Prime memberships. To see if you qualify, visit amazon.com/prime/qualify.

  • Museum discounts: Those who receive SNAP benefits receive free or discounted admission to more than 850 museums and art groups across the United States, including the Museum for All program. Contact your local Hawaii SNAP agency to find out which museums are participating.

  • Farmers Markets: You can also use your SNAP EBT card to buy fresh produce at participating farmers’ markets. The USDA’s Food Nutrition Service provides a monthly listing of the names and locations of markets across the country that are currently eligible to accept SNAP benefits.

  • Lifeline program: If you are a SNAP recipient and your income is below a certain limit, you may be eligible for free or low-cost landline or cellular service through the Federal Lifeline Program. You may also get discounted internet service. Contact your provider to see if they offer the program.

There are three ways to submit your SNAP application in Hawaii. You can apply online using the online application. If you are filling out a paper form, you can mail the form to BESSD or drop it off at a local agency. Visit the Hawaii.gov SNAP website for more information.

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Hawaii SNAP benefits are made available on the 3rd and 5th of each month based on your last name first letter. Here is the schedule for December 2022:

Surname begins with:

Benefits available on:

AI

3 Dec

JZ

December 5th

Note that for SNAP and Cash case combinations with cash direct deposit, benefits are available on the first day of each month.

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