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Public Assistance Programs - Food Supplement (Food Stamps)


How to Apply

You can apply for the Food Supplement Program online at, by mail, fax, or other electronic means or you may file in person at a regional office location  based on your zip code.  Applicants are seen on a walk-in or by appointment basis. 

If you  apply online, please capture and retain the control number provided (a nine digit number starting with the letter "S"), so that your application may be tracked by you until you are contacted by an agency team member to complete the interview and  application evaluation  process.

Applications may also be obtained and/or dropped off at one of the three Neighborhood Service Centers:

Applicants who do not speak English or have limited English proficiency will have access to an interpreter.  The interpreter may be a local department staff member, an individual designated by the applicant, an individual outside the agency who is proficient in the customer’s language, or the department can use the Language Line. An interpreter cannot be a minor child.

Documents To Bring

In general, the following documents are needed:

Other information may be required once the interview has been completed

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility is based upon household size, income and assets.  Benefits are not intended to cover total monthly food expenses.  U.S. citizenship is a requirement of the program but non-citizens with “qualified immigrant” status may also meet eligibility requirements.  A signed application and interview is required in order to receive Food Supplements. Specific information on eligibility is available at the local office.

Fees and Payments



1.  Where should I apply?

Applicants are encouraged to contact an office location based on their zip code. See the listing of those zip codes (below) that correspond to each office. 

Rockville Office (1301 Piccard Drive)

20813 20814 20815 20816
20817 20818 20824 20827
20830 20832 20833  20848
20849  20850 20851 20852
20853 20854 20856 20857
20858 20859 20860 20861
20862 20889 20895 20896
20902 20906    


Silver Spring Office (8818 Georgia Avenue):

20783 20812 20866 20868
20901 20903 20904 20905
20907 20910 20911 20912
 20914 20915  20916 20918


               Germantown Office (12900 Middlebrook Road):

20838 20839 20841 20842
20855 20871 20872 20874
20875 20876 20877 20878
 20879 20880  20882 20884
20885 20886  21771  


2.  If approved, how will I receive my benefits?

Benefits are issued through the electronic benefit transfer system (EBT) plastic card known as the Independence Card. This card may be used in any participating store. It is used as a debit card and your food purchase is subtracted from the benefit.

3.   When will I receive my food supplement benefits?

If you are determined to be eligible, your food supplement benefits should be in your EBT account within 30 days from the date you filed your application. If you are qualified for expedited benefits because your income was very low, your benefits should be in the account within seven days from the date you filed the application.  Food supplement benefits are made available from the 6th to the 15th of every month, based on the first letter of your last name.


 Additional Information

No additional information at this time.