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Do food stamps expire? When do Americans lose benefits?

Food stamps help millions of families feed themselves, and many are worried about their assistance running out.

SNAP benefits are good for one year from the date the were issued to recipients.

Food stamps are put on an EBT card, also known as an electronic benefits transfer card.


People are not required to spend the total amount before the month ends. Any unused money will remain on the card for one year.

If someone had money issued to them in November of 2021, that money remains available until 2022.

Every state has different rules, but most are similar when it comes to applying for, or losing, food stamps.

Families may lose assistance if their income increases, if they stop using the card for a year, or if they fail to report proof of changes and employment.

Anyone failing to report risks being banned from using the program and could find themselves stuck in a bad position if they need them again later on.

When lying about your status, you may end up paying a $250,000 fine and can face up to 20 years in prison.

Dollar amount received is based on income and number of people in a household.

Related: Here’s how to qualify for SNAP food stamps, and what foods you can and cannot purchase



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