DHHS Announces Increase in Food Stamp Benefits

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is announcing an increase in benefits for most people who receive Food Stamps (FS). The increase goes into effect beginning April 1, 2009.


“The difficult economic times are putting an even bigger strain on those struggling to make ends meet,” said DHHS Division of Family Assistance (DFA) Director Terry Smith. “This increase will provide people with a little bit more money with which to buy food.”


Benefits usually increase in October. However, this year they are going up in April as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), also referred to as the federal stimulus package.


People who are receiving FS benefits do not have to do anything to get the increase. The extra benefits will automatically be added to their electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card in April. The increase in benefits will depend on each individual household circumstance. FS recipients can check their EBT card balance at www.ebtedge.com, or by calling EBT Customer Services at 1-888-997-9777, 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week.


The Food Stamp Program (FSP) provides 100% federal benefits to help low-income people and families buy food they need for good health. The FSP also offers nutrition education to help families learn to choose healthy food on a budget. Anyone who would like more information about the FSP or who has questions about the increase in benefits can call DFA’s Client Services at 271-4238 or 1-800-852-3345 x 4238.