Story by Bryen Glass
The mission of the Maryland Department of Human Services is to aggressively pursue opportunities to assist people in economic need, provide prevention services, and protect vulnerable children and adults.
Back in December 2022, an NBC News article reported that an increasing number of low-income households were victimized by theft of their Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) funds which is used to purchase much needed food. There were no federal fraud protections in place so the chances of getting that money back was slim. According to the article:
Thieves using hidden “skimming” devices are increasingly targeting benefit cards used by participants of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. The electronic thefts have risen so much in recent months that the U.S. Agriculture Department, which funds the program, issued a warning about SNAP skimming in late October.
In February of 2023, the Maryland Department of Human Services announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services had approved the state’s comprehensive plan to reimburse $2.5 million for an estimated 3,800 EBT fraud victims.
To file a claim and recover your benefits, click the flyer below. It’s simple, seamless, and swift!
Benefits could be reimbursed within 15 business days. For more information, please visit Department of Human Services' new EBT Fraud webpage at https://dhs.maryland.gov/ebt-reimbursement . If you need in-person help filling out a claim form, please visit one of the local Departments of Social Services. For questions or to check the status of a pending claim, call the dedicated hotline at 1-833-330-7328.
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