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Food stamps: How does rollover of benefits work?

Food stamps, also known as SNAP benefits, are used by millions of Americans every year. What happens to balances when the year ends?

grocery cart in a grocery aisle filled with food stamp snap benefit eligible foods

SNAP benefits are sent out to households, and around 9.2% of all American households get the benefits.

When you have a balance left at the end of the month, it carries over into the next month.

Food stamps are removed from your EBT card after 9 months of not being used.

This means if you have benefits left at the end of Dec. 2022, they will be in your account Jan. 2023.


Major changes for SNAP benefits

Receiving food stamps

You’ll need to apply.

You will see food stamps within 7 days of your approval.

After the initial payment, your payments will follow your state’s schedule.


P-EBT: Eligibility requirements

Items you may not purchase with food stamps

  • alcoholic beverages
  • tobacco products
  • hot food
  • pet foods
  • soaps
  • paper products
  • medicines and vitamins
  • household supplies
  • grooming items
  • cosmetics
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Extra SNAP benefits for February 2022

To see your balance, it should be on the bottom of your receipt after using your EBT card at the store.

There are also ways to login to your account online and check the balance of your benefits.

Check with your local SNAP office for more information regarding balances.

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