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Contact us to make an appointment at (808) 356-8516

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Outreach

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Outreach is a federally-funded program administered by the State of Hawaii that helps individuals and families with low income, disabilities or public assistance have more money for food. Our outreach workers can assist you with learning about and applying for SNAP benefits.

Lanakila Meals on Wheels is approved by the USDA to accept SNAP benefits to pay for both our home delivered meal program and senior congregate dining program.

Applying for SNAP

Lanakila Meals on Wheels can only accept SNAP benefits from seniors and individuals with disabilities. As a senior congregate dining operator and a home delivered meal provider, Lanakila is specifically positioned to assist individuals who are less able to prepare meals for themselves. Lanakila is approved to sell ready to eat meals to seniors and individuals with disabilities who are paying with SNAP benefits for these two services only.

Our staff can help answer questions Or complete and submit your application to the State of Hawaii Department of Human Services (DHSI Contact us to make an appointment at (808) 356-8516 or SNAPautreach@lanakilapacific.org.

Are You Eligible?

You may be eligible for SNAP benefits if your household income
meets Federal Income Guidelines. Please review the SNAP Special Rules for the Elderly or Disabled

Common SNAP myths include:
MYTH: “SNAP is a welfare program.”
TRUTH: SNAP is a benefit utilized by millions of individuals and families to purchase food using an EBT card that is similar to a debit card.
MYTH: “You cannot get SNAP benefits if you have a job or own a home.”
TRUTH: Individuals may work and/or own a home and still qualify to receive SNAP benefits.
MYTH: “You’re not eligible if you’ve applied before and have been denied”
TRUTH: Even if you were denied before, you may qualify now.
MYTH: “Receiving SNAP will affect my Social Security and Medicaid.”
TRUTH: SNAP benefits have no effect on Social Security and Medicaid benefits.

Documents to Bring to Your Appointment
  • Government-issued picture ID of all adult household members
  • Birth Certificate and Social Security Card of all household members
  • Current income verifications: pay stubs, welfare, SNAP, Social Security/SSI/SSDI benefit summaries, child support receipts, unemployment award letter and self-employed income verification
  • All applicable expense verifications: bills paid on a regular monthly basis such as shelter cost, mortgage, home owner insurance, property tax, utilities and cell phone
  • Current bank statements for all accounts held by all household members
  • Current rental agreement
  • Medical bills for disabled applicants and those over 60 years old

This project has been funded at least in pan with federal funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The content of this publication do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S.D.A nor does mention of trade names, commercial products or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

SNAP Hawaii History

It is no secret to residents of Hawaii that the rising cost of living is one of the challenges that must be overcome in order to continue to call this beautiful island chain their home. Food prices are certainly no exception. Whether you blame, cost of shipping, electricity required to keep food fresh, or the estimated 1/3 loss of food that is spoiled due to Hawaii’s hot, humid climate that gets accounted for in the foods that actually make it to the shelves for purchase and consumption, astronomical grocery prices can be a particularly daunting issue to factor in to a monthly budget. According to an article printed by USA Today, Hawaii has the highest grocery prices in the country.

Feeding Hawaii’s Vulnerable

Among those affected by the staggering prices are Hawaii’s most vulnerable residents, our senior and disabled friends and loved ones. As prices of food increase, those living on a fixed or limited income often find it overwhelming trying to cover their basic nutritional needs, often with few options on how to meet the challenge. For reasons like these, the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) was developed and implemented in Hawaii.

The program, formerly known and nicknamed the Food Stamps Program, was created in 1939. The program allowed disadvantaged people to buy stamps to use towards their food purchases. Throughout the following decades, it went through various changes and refinements, finally emerging in 1974 as a nationally recognized program. Then, in 2014, The Farm Bill, redefined the definition of Retailer to include government agencies and not-for-profits that purchase and deliver food to the elderly and/or disabled.

Today this program benefits many low or no income individuals and families by helping them cover the cost of their daily nutritional needs. Those who benefit greatly by taking advantage of the program are Seniors (those 60 and over) and Disabled. Each State has it’s own list of requirements and benefits, so be sure to read the requirements for SNAP.

According to the SNAP USDA Guidelines, eligible food items include fresh fruits and vegetables, breads and cereals, dairy products, meats, fish and poultry. Foods prohibited to purchase using the SNAP benefits are wine, beer, liquor, cigarettes and tobacco products. Hot foods are also prohibited, along with foods that are prepared and consumable in the store. The exception being registered and state recognized non profit organizations like Lanakila Pacific.

If you, or someone you know, is finding it difficult to meet the rising cost of food in Hawaii, the SNAP program may be the answer you are looking for. There are many resources that can help ensure all our island neighbors are eating regular, nutritious, daily meals. Lanakila Meals on Wheels is Hawaiis biggest Senior and Disabled SNAP approved feeding program. By taking advantage of programs such as SNAP, individuals needing assistance can achieve a sense of wellbeing and peace knowing where their next meal is coming from.

There is of course a cost to live in Paradise, but for those who are limited in their abilities to meet the challenge on their own, it comes as a relief to know there is help. SNAP Hawaii is available for those in need.