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Nutrition Programs

WIC (Women, Infants, Children)

WIC is a nutrition program for thousands of Maine families, helping Maine kids to grow up strong and healthy. WIC food benefits are available based on income guidelines and up-to-date nutrition research. This website seeks to serve all Maine families with free nutrition advice, tips for staying healthy, and resources for growing families. Provides supplemental food stamps for families with children under 5

SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)

SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly and commonly known as the Food Stamp Program, provides food-purchasing assistance for low- and no-income people living in the United States. Additionally, Maine has a “Farm Fresh Rewards” program for SNAP participants to get farm fresh fruits and vegetables.

See the Maine Equal Justice website for more information. Search this page for “Immigrant Eligibility for Food Assistance”.

Non-Citizens: Who Qualifies for FSP (Food Supplement Program, such as SNAP0?

For purposes of the Federally-funded and State-funded FSP, a Qualified Alien (as per USDA Non-Citizen Eligibility Guidance) is a non-citizen who has one of the following immigration statuses:

  • Lawfully Admitted for Permanent Residence
  • Asylees
  • Parolees
  • Deportation Withheld
  • Conditional Entrants
  • Cuban or Haitian Entrants
  • Battered Non-Citizens
  • Refugees
  • Trafficking Victims
  • Iraqi and Afghan Special Immigrants

For the State-funded FSP only:
a) Asylum Seeker (AS) (defined as per U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, USCIS): A non-citizen who has arrived in the United States seeking protection because they have suffered persecution or fear that they will suffer persecution due to:

  • Race
  • Religion
  • Nationality
  • Membership in a particular social group
  • Political opinion

The AS will file a form I 589, “Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal” with the appropriate USCIS center. Verification: The AS will receive an I-797 receipt and approval notice from USCIS to confirm receipt of the asylum application. The AS will also receive a notice for an interview.