The Real Benefits of Food Stamps


SNAP or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, benefits are distributed to participants in the program through a monthly food allowance sent to their EBT cards, which functions like a debit card. The program also brings more business to groceries and farmer's markets who receive SNAP payments.

Many believe that only working people can receive SNAP benefits. On the contrary, more than half of the recipients are either the elderly or children without jobs. And work-age individuals just have some additional requirements that they must fulfill to qualify for SNAP.

What are the requirements?

The main condition that households must meet is the gross and net income requirements. However, households with a member who is receiving disability payments, or elderly have to meet only the net income requirements. Here is a list which shows the income requirements. Households who earn more than what is listed below, except those mentioned above, are not eligible for SNAP benefits.

  • A monthly gross income of $1,287 and a net income of $990 for a household with 1 member.
  • A monthly gross income of $1,736 and a net income of $1,335 for a household with 2 members.
  • A monthly gross income of $2,184 and a net income of $1,680 for a household with 3 members.
  • A monthly gross income of $2,633 and a net income of $2,025 for a household with 4 members.
  • A monthly gross income of $3,081 and a net income of $2,370 for a household with 5 members.
  • A monthly gross income of $3,530 and a net income of $2,715 for a household with 6 members.
  • A monthly gross income of $3,980 and a net income of $3,061 for a household with 7 members.
  • A monthly gross income of $4,430 and a net income of $3,408 for a household with 8 members.
  • For each additional member more than 8, add $451 for the gross income, and $347 for the net income to the amount for 8 members.

Note that income limits for Hawaii and Alaska are higher because they have a higher cost of living rate.

How to apply?

  • Look for the local SNAP office in your area and contact them. You may also visit the office directly or apply online. Although online applications are not yet available in all areas.
  • Get an application form, fill it out as much as you can, then submit it as soon as possible before the deadline.
  • The interview. Schedule one and attend on time with the required documents, such as birth certificate, State ID, driver's license, utility bills, pay stubs, mortgage or rental agreement, etc.
  • Approved applicants will receive a notice with their EBT cards.
  • Go shopping!