If you have been seeking information about how to get food stamps in Honolulu but you are uncertain of the process or some of the information that you may need in order to apply, here is everything that you may need to know in order to expedite the process.
The main site of the Department of Human Services provides an organization search which helps individuals to access related benefits and various organizations which may be able to further assist them. Individuals can begin their application by clicking on the “Apply Online for Government Benefits” link. They will need to fill out the form entitled “Financial Assistance and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP)”. Additionally, they will have to register with RealChoices in order to access the application and check the status in the future.
For your application, you will need information about your income, social security number, any benefits you may be receiving, the social security numbers and birthdays of the people living in your household, and proof of your identification and residence. If there is anyone in your household who is receiving benefits such as disability, you will also have to provide this information during the application process or at the interview.
Generally, you will need to provide information about anyone else who may be living at your address, whether they are within your family or not. In most cases, you will need information such as their social security and some basic info about how much money they contribute to your living arrangements.
The interview is generally handled face to face and there is only one interview. If you are unable to come in for an interview, a case worker may contact you to schedule the interview over the phone so that you can still be eligible for assistance.
If you need to add or remove a person for your food stamp program account, this should ideally be done at the beginning when you are applying for assistance. If you discover that you need to add or remove someone in the future, this can be done by getting in contact with your case worker and providing them with any necessary information.
If any changes to your situation occur, such as changing jobs, finding a job, gaining more salary or income, or if you find that you no longer need to use the food stamp program any longer, then you should update your case worker as soon as possible. You can notify the case worker of these changes through fax, phone, or in person at a local department.
Department of Human Services – http://hawaii.gov/dhs/self-sufficiency/benefit/FNS
RealChoices Hawaii – http://www.realchoices.org/site/371/services.aspx
Application – https://www.realchoices.org/site/408/ financial_assistancefood_stamp_application_form.aspx
Local Snaps Office: 808-643-1643