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Food stamps: 6 states sending $157 in just days

Food stamp SNAP benefits worth $157 will be sent soon in 6 different states.

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California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota and Washington will be sending their eligible residents the funds.

Benefits are sent in each state depending on different guidelines.

When food stamps become available in these states

California

In California, residents will receive benefits over the span of the first ten days in a month.

These benefits are sent using the last digit in a recipient’s case number.


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Connecticut

In the state of Connecticut, residents will get their SNAP benefits over a span of 22 days during the month.

Sending them starts on the second day of the month.

The funds are distributed using the first letter of a recipient’s last name.

Illinois

Food stamps are sent between the 1st and 10th of the month in Illinois.

The funds are sent using the first letter of a recipient’s last name.


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Maine

In Maine, benefits are sent between the 10th and 14th of each month.

The funds are sent using the last digit of a recipient’s birthday.

Minnesota

In Minnesota food stamps are sent between the 4th and 13th each month.

They go out using the last digit of a recipient’s case number.


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Washington

Food stamps go out between the 1st and 20th each month in Washington.

42 million low income Americans use the SNAP program to afford healthy foods for their families.

Families are given an EBT card to use like a debit card at grocery stores approved to accept the benefits.

Each month the card is loaded on the scheduled day.

Who qualifies for food stamps?

Each state has its own rules for who can apply, but people with incomes up to 130% of the federal poverty line usually qualify.

This begins at $12,880 for individuals.

A family of 4 is at the poverty line with $26,500 or less.

Some states change their guidelines based on your bank account information or the ages of household members.


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The amount you can get in SNAP benefits

In Oct., the SNAP program received a permanent federal boost.

This made it so individuals received about $36 more per person in each household.

Family sizes and locations play a factor in the amount you’ll get each month.

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