2023 Income Limit for Maryland Food Stamps

The income limit is the most important food stamps (SNAP) eligibility requirement in Maryland. In this post, In this post, we are going to walk you through the 2023 income limit for Maryland food stamps, including how to calculate how much you will receive in SNAP benefits if approved.

Additionally, we will provide information on how to apply for food stamps in Maryland.

Lastly, we will answer the most frequently asked questions about SNAP benefits in Maryland.

Table of Contents:

  • Food Stamps in Maryland
  • Who is Eligible for Food Stamps in Maryland
  • 2023 Income Limit for Maryland Food Stamps
  • How to Apply for Food Stamps in Maryland
  • Food Stamps in Maryland FAQs

2023 Income Limits for Maryland Food Stamps

Food Stamps in Maryland

SNAP (also known as food stamps) offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families in Maryland.

In Maryland, the SNAP program is run by the Maryland Department of Human Services (DHS).

Once you are approved, SNAP benefits are provided on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, that is used as a debit card.

EBT cards are accepted at most grocery stores, some farmers’ markets, convenience, big box stores, and some online stores, like Walmart and Amazon.

SNAP benefits generally cannot be used to buy prepared foods, vitamins, alcohol/tobacco, and non-food items (like soap or toothpaste).

Who is Eligible for Food Stamps in Maryland?

To be eligible for SNAP in Maryland, a household must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a citizen or legal immigrant
  • Must be a Maryland resident
  • Your household income must be less than the food stamps income limits for your household size (see chart below)
  • With some exceptions, you must work or participate in an employment and training program
  • For most households, resources must be under $2,750 to qualify for SNAP or $4,250 in countable resources if at least one member of the household is age 60 or older, or is disabled

2023 Income Limit for Maryland Food Stamps

To qualify for SNAP in Maryland, your household income must not exceed 130 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.

You can find out if you may qualify by using the 2022/2023 table below.

Income limits vary according to household size.

Households that contain no elderly or disabled individuals must meet both the gross (income before deduction) and the net income (income after allowable deductions) limits.

However, households that contain an elderly (age 60 or over) individual or a disabled individual must meet only the net income limits.

See the table below for both the net and gross income limits according to household size.

Maryland SNAP Income Eligibility Standards for Fiscal Year 2023
Effective October 1, 2022 – September 30, 2023
Household Size Monthly Net Income (100% of FPL) Monthly Gross Income (130% of FPL) Monthly Gross Income (165% of FPL) for households with an Elderly or Disabled Member
1 $1,133 $1,473 $1,869
2 $1,526 $1,984 $2,518
3 $1,920 $2,495 $3,167
4 $2,313 $3,007 $3,816
5 $2,706 $3,518 $4,465
6 $3,100 $4,029 $5,114
7 $3,493 $4,541 $5,763
8 $3,886 $5,052 $6,412
Each Additional Household Member: Add $394 $512 $649

How to Apply for Food Stamps in Maryland

There are multiple ways you can apply for food stamps in Maryland.

Option 1 – Apply Online

The easiest way to apply for SNAP benefits is online through the myMDThink portal.

Sign in to https://mymdthink.maryland.gov/ and select the “Food and Cash Assistance” dropdown to locate the SNAP application.

If you do not have an account, click on the “Create Account” link for instructions on how to set up an account.

Option 2 – Apply by Mail or Fax an Application

To apply by mail or fax, download the SNAP application here.

Once you have completed the application, you can submit it by mail or fax.

Instructions on how to do so are included in the application.

Option 3 – Apply in Person

If you are unable to apply online or by mail, the Department of Social Services, which is a division of the DHS, has offices statewide to assist you with the application process.

Click here to find your local office.

Maryland Food Stamps Frequently asked questions (FAQS)

Food Stamps in Maryland FAQs

Here are the most frequently asked questions about Maryland Food Stamps:

What is the Phone Number for Maryland Food Stamps?

If you need help applying for food stamps in Maryland or have further questions about how the SNAP program works, call Customer Call Center at 1-800-332-6347.

How Much Will I Receive in Maryland Food Stamps?

If you are approved for food stamps in Maryland, how much in benefits you get partly depends on the:

  • Number of people in your household,
  • The total amount of your household’s income, and
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Thrifty Food Plan.

The Thrifty Food Plan is a government estimate of how much it costs to provide a household with nutritious, low-cost meals.

In Maryland, the average monthly SNAP amount per person is approximately $210.

Maximum SNAP Benefit Amount by Household Size for Fiscal Year 2023
Effective October 1, 2022 – September 30, 2023
Household Size Maximum SNAP Benefit Allotment
1 $281
2 $516
3 $740
4 $939
5 $1,116
6 $1,339
7 $1,480
8 $1,691
Each Additional Household Member: Add $211

To find out how much you are likely to get in Maryland SNAP if approved, use the calculator below.

In the example provided below, we are using a family of 6 to demonstrate how to calculate your food stamps amount.

How Maryland Food Stamps Calculator

Here’s how to calculate how much a family of 6 will get in SNAP benefits.

First, we need to start with the household income.

If you have a countable net income, multiply your net monthly income by 0.3 (30 percent).

Round up this amount to the nearest dollar.

Next, take this amount and subtract it from the maximum benefit level for a household of your size.

From the table above, the maximum a household of 6 could receive in food stamps is $1,339

The result is the monthly food stamps benefits for a family of 6.

Here’s an example:

Example: Karen and his family of six (6) have $2,250 in net income after allowable deductions.

To determine the family’s SNAP benefits, take 30% of the “net income” (30% of $2,250) and subtract it from the maximum benefit, as follows:

$ $2,250 Net Income for Karen’s family
x .30 (Multiply by 30%)
$ 675 Countable Income
$ 1,339 Maximum SNAP for 6 persons
-$675 Countable income (round up)
$ 664 Monthly SNAP benefits for Karen’s family

When are Maryland food stamps EBT benefits deposited?

Maryland food stamps benefits are deposited on your MD EBT Card on your scheduled deposit day between the 3rd and the 21st of each month.

Your Maryland EBT Deposit Date varies based on the first 3 letters of your last name.

Food Stamp benefits are available in your Maryland Independence Card account at 6am EST on your scheduled deposit day. 

Here is the Maryland SNAP EBT Deposit Schedule for 2023:

First 3 Letters of Last Name are between:
EBT Deposit Day is the:
AAA – BAO
4th of every Month
BAP – BQZ
5th of every Month
BRA – CAQ
6th of every Month
CAR – COQ
7th of every Month
COR – DIZ
8th of every Month
DJA – FIS
9th of every Month
FIT – GON
10th of every Month
GOO – HAX
11th of every Month
HAY – JAB
12th of every Month
JAC – KIM
13th of every Month
KIN – LOX
14th of every Month
LOY – MCO
15th of every Month
MCP – NEF
16th of every Month
NEG – PGZ
17th of every Month
PHA – RIC
18th of every Month
RID – SDZ
19th of every Month
SEA – STC
20th of every Month
STD – TRA
21st of every Month
TRB – WES
22nd of every Month
WET – ZZZ
23rd of every Month

How Many People are on Food Stamps in Maryland?

Here’s how Maryland’s Food Stamps numbers compare to the National Data for the United States:
As of January 2023, there are about 857,000 million people on food stamps in Maryland.
Additionally, there are about 41 million people on food stamps in the United States, as shown in the tables below.
Maryland Food Stamps Statistics for January 2023:
Number of People on Food Stamps in Maryland
As of September 2022
September 2021 September 2022 Change
Number of People 857,652 639,869 -25.4%
Number of Households 489,487 350,402 -28.4%
Total Benefits ($) $212,798,463.00 $158,971,885.00 -25.3%

United States Food Stamps Statistics for January 2023:

Number of People on Food Stamps in The United States
As of September 2022
September 2021 September 2022 Change
Number of People 40,846,833 41,665,296 2.0%
Number of Households 21,402,558 21,907,553 2.4%
Total Benefits ($) $9,117,810,630.00 $9,338,989,005.00 2.4%

What stores accept Maryland EBT online for delivery?

Currently, there are 19 stores that accept Maryland EBT Cards online as payment.

You can use your MD EBT Card and food stamp benefits to purchase approved grocery items and have it delivered directly to your door.

However, your Maryland SNAP benefits cannot be use to pay for delivery fees.

Currently, the following stores accept Maryland SNAP EBT online:

  1. ACME
  2. ALDI
  3. Amazon
  4. BJs Wholesale Club
  5. Food Lion
  6. Geresbeck’s Food Market
  7. Giant Eagle
  8. Giant of Maryland
  9. Martin’s
  10. Price Rite
  11. Safeway
  12. Sam’s Club Scan and Go
  13. ShopRite
  14. Sprouts Farmers Market
  15. Target
  16. Walmart
  17. Wegmans
  18. Weis Markets
  19. Whole Foods

Can I use my Food Stamps at Restaurants and Fast Food Places in Maryland?

Yes, eligible SNAP recipients can use their Maryland SNAP EBT Card benefits to purchase hot meals at eligible restaurants and fast food locations. The Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) allows elderly, homeless, and disabled SNAP recipients to use their Maryland EBT benefits to purchase prepared or hot food from participating restaurants and delis.

In addition, SNAP households experiencing homelessness can also use their EBT benefits to purchase meals at a discounted price from select restaurants.

To learn more about the Restaurant Meals Program in Maryland, click here.

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