Every month, millions of households receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to help pay essential grocery bills. SNAP benefits give families vital funds to pay for food and more people are using the system than ever before.
Across the country 1 in 7 American families are currently enrolled in the programa number that has increased dramatically during the pandemic.
In recent months, rising inflation has heightened concerns about household finances, and SNAP benefits have received a funding boost for 2022. The average benefit will rise, providing a small respite for many. However, SNAP is distributed via electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards, which restrict families from shopping at certain stores and limit the products that can be purchased with payments.
Who is eligible for SNAP benefits?
Eligibility for SNAP benefits is primarily based on household income and resources, as the program is designed to support those in financial difficulty.
Federal rules state that recipients must meet three tests:
– Gross monthly income – Household income must be at or below 130% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), which equals $2,379 per month for a family of three. The threshold is higher for large families.
– Net revenue – After all deductions are applied, this figure should not exceed the FPL.
– Assets – Households can have assets worth up to $2,500, or $3,750 if they have a member who is disabled or age 60 or older.
For more information on what is considered income and what is considered an asset, go to the SNAP Eligibility Guide.
What are the SNAP income limits for 2022?
For families of four living in the 48 contiguous United States, including the District of Columbia, the maximum allocation for the year will be $835.
For families of four living elsewhere in the United States, the maximum is $1,667 in Alaskawhile those of Hawaii can receive a maximum of $1,573.
In two American dependencies, families of Guam can receive a maximum of $1,231while those of US Virgin Islands can receive up to $1,074the same as the minimum in Alaska.
As of March 2020, the federal government has approved an extension of SNAP benefits. This expansion ensures that recipients of SNAP benefits automatically receive the maximum allocated valueif their condition meets certain criteria.
To find out if you are eligible to receive the maximum SNAP value, check your state’s website.