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Public Assistance Programs - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)-formerly known as Food Stamps


How to Apply

You can apply for SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps) online at, by mail or fax or you may file in person at a regional office location based on your zip code.  Applicants are seen on a walk-in basis or by appointment. 

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 a staff member to complete the interview and application evaluation process.

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

MidCounty DHHS Building
1301 Piccard Drive
Rockville, MD  20850
(click here for map and office hours)

DHHS Silver Spring Center
8818 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD  20910
(click here ​for map and office hours)

UpCounty Regional Services Center
12900 Middlebrook Road
Germantown, MD  20874
(click here ​for map and office hours)

TESS Center 
8513 Piney Branch Road
Silver Spring, MD 20901
(click here for map and office hours)

Neighborhood Service Center at Family Services, Inc.
200 Girard Street, Suite 203
Gaithersburg, MD  20877
(click here for map and office hours)

Neighborhood Service Center at Catholic Charities
McCarrick Center

12247 Georgia Avenue
Wheaton, MD  20902
(click here for map and office hours)

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:

  • Proof of identity
  • Social Security number (not the Social Security Card)
  • Proof of residence
  • Proof of income
  • Proof of citizenship or immigration status for non-U.S. born applicants

Other information may be required once the interview has been completed

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility is based upon household size and income.  Benefits are not intended to cover total monthly food expenses but are designed to be a supplement to the food budget.  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 benefits. Specific information on eligibility is available at the local office.

Fees and Payments



1.  Where should I apply?

Applicants are encouraged to apply at 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)

20810 20811 20812 20813
20814 20815 20816 20817
20818 20824 20825 20827
20830 20832 20833 20847
20848 20849 20850 20851
20852 20853 20854 20856
20857 20858 20859 20860
20861 20862 20889 20891
20892 20894 20895 20896
20897 20902 20906  

Silver Spring Office (8818 Georgia Avenue):

20707 20777 20783 20866
20863 20901 20903 20904
20905 20906 20907 20908
 20910 20911  20912 20914
20915 20916 20918 20993


               Germantown Office (12900 Middlebrook Road):

20837 20838 20839 20841
20842 20855 20871 20872
20874 20875 20876 20877
 20878 20879  20880 20882
20883 20884  20885 20886
20898 20899 20997 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.  EBT cards are mailed from a State vendor and are not issued at the offices. 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.  Starting in September 2015, Maryland is changing the schedule for issuing SNAP benefits. Click here for more information.

4.   How do I check the status of my application?

Call 311 to check the status of your case.

 Additional Information

No additional information at this time.




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