This page will be updated continuously to reflect the most recent information. This page was last updated on August 31, 2020.

The Benefit, Employment, and Support Services Division (BESSD) of Hawaii Department of Human Services (DHS) will continue to serve residents throughout the pandemic. BESSD administers Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), General Assistance (GA), First-to-Work, and many other programs.

How do I apply?

There are three ways to submit an application:

  1. Apply online using the new online application system
  2. Print the paper application form and mail it to a SNAP processing center
  3. Print the paper application form and drop it off at a SNAP processing center

This document provides the addresses and phone numbers of the SNAP processing centers:

After submitting your application, you will be contacted to complete an interview. If additional items are needed, a notice will be sent to your household and you will have 10 calendar days to mail the requested items.

What will happen if my certification period is coming up?

SNAP certification periods for recipients requiring six-month review or eligibility reviews during March, April, and May will be extended an additional six month to ensure no lapse in benefits due to the pandemic. A notice will be sent to you, at the last known address on file via U.S. Postal mail providing more details.

What about the Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD) work/education & training requirement?

During the pandemic, the US Department of Agriculture has waived Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD) work / Education & Training requirement. This is in response to the decline in available work and closure of training courses due to the pandemic. During this time, applicants will no longer need to re-file SNAP applications.

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