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The new food stamps

SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is the new name for food stamps. Participating households receive money every month on a debit card that can be used for groceries. The Food Basket’s SNAP Outreach team works in communities island-wide to help residents complete an eligibility pre-assessment and also provide aid in the completion of the SNAP benefits application. We are dedicated to walking alongside families and individuals step-by-step through the application process to help people get the support they need.

Households may qualify for SNAP based on their monthly income. The application process includes a paper application and a phone or in person interview.

Why The Food Basket does SNAP outreach

Despite SNAP’s potential as a supplement to food budgets for struggling families, nearly a quarter of Hawai`i island residents who potentially qualify don’t actually claim their benefits. This may be due to a variety of factors including lack of time and transportation, limited English proficiency, physical and cognitive impairments, and stigma about requesting help. The Food Basket’s SNAP Outreach team works island-wide to alleviate these barriers, meeting people where they gather – at food pantries, congregate meal sites, shelters, school and community events.

SNAP is a powerful resource in the fight against hunger and has the potential to feed more families in Hawai`i than all other food programs combined. In 2014 alone, SNAP brought more than $525 million of food assistance benefits into Hawai`i – stretching client’s food budgets, reinforcing the charitable food system, and strengthening the local economy.


You can download the fillable pdf here:  BESSD-Application_June-2015.v2(fillable)

Five Easy Steps to SNAP Benefits

State of Hawai`i BESSD

Meet the SNAP Outreach team!





Kat Bumatay is the SNAP Outreach Specialist covering the east side of Hawai`i Island.

You can reach Kat directly at





Duane Pajimola is the SNAP Outreach Specialist covering the west side of Hawai`i Island.

You can reach Duane directly at




If you want help applying or would like to volunteer with SNAP Outreach, please contact The Food Basket at or 808-933-6030