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SNAP: Who can get the maximum payment?

SNAP provides financial support to low income individuals.

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The money provided is to assist paying for healthy foods.

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How much is the average benefit?

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) used to be known as Food Stamps. The program has been around for almost 60 years and is federally funded but state administered. It is intended to help low income families avoid food insecurity. Read more about it here.

SNAP is the largest food assistance program in the United States. More than 41 million people receive benefits. Because the program is state run the requirements, benefit amount, and even the name of the program may vary.

The average monthly benefit is $239. Your benefit is determined based on size of household and income. Generally, your benefit will be 30% of the household’s net monthly income with certain expenses deducted.

When are benefits distributed?

Each state has their own payment schedule. Payments are typically sent out within the first two weeks of the month. The benefit can be used via EBT card. It looks like a regular debit card but is preloaded with your monthly benefits.


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