Delaware Food Stamp Program

U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) in Food/Nutrition
December 19, 2018


The Food Supplement Program (FSP) is a program that enables low-income households to purchase the food they need to maintain adequate nutritional levels. Food benefits are issued through an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) system. When benefits are approved, the benefits are posted to the client's account by 6:00 a.m. the next morning. Monthly benefits are posted to accounts by 6:00 a.m. alphabetically over fifteen calendar days starting with the 2nd calendar day of each month. The staggered issuance allows more grocers to restock their shelves with nutritious fresh foods and help improve customer service for all shoppers. A food benefit household is defined as a group of people who purchase and prepare food together. Spouses and children under the age of 22 who live together must be included in the same food benefit household. You must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible alien to get food benefits.


Delaware Food Stamp Program is administered by U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).

Program Requirements:

For this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Delaware and fall into one of two groups: (1) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $2,251, or (2) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $3,501 who share their household with a person or persons age 60 and over, or with a person with a disability (a child, your spouse, a parent, or yourself).

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $15,782
2 $21,398
3 $27,014
4 $32,630
5 $38,246
6 $43,862
7 $49,478
8 $55,094

*For households with more than eight people, add $5,616 per additional person. Always check with the appropriate managing agency to ensure the most accurate guidelines.

Application Details

To apply for this program, contact the state unit nearest you. You can find a list of state unit offices on the Delaware Health and Social Services website. 



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