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Food Stamps: Exact date benefits are paid out in each state

More than 41.5 million people receive food stamps.

SNAP

The program is now known as  the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).


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SNAP benefits are provided to low-income individuals and families to help them access healthy food. It is distributed at the state level, so distribution date will vary by state too. Each state has their own application, but all benefits are distributed via EBT cards. The distribution dates are as follows:

Alabama

Benefits become available between the 4th and 23rd of each month based on the last two digits of the client case number.

Alaska

1st of every month.

Arizona

Benefits become available over the first 13 days of the month based on the first letter of the client’s last name.

Arkansas

Between the 4th and the 13th of every month based on the last digit of your Social Security number (SSN).

California

During the first ten days of the month, based on the last digit of the client ID number.

Colorado

Between the 1st-10th based on the last digit of the recipient’s SSN. Cash benefits are available the 1st-3rd based on the same numbers.

Connecticut

From the 1st-3rd based on the first letter of the client’s last name.

Delaware

Starting the 2nd of each month, benefits become available over 22 days based on the first letter of the client’s last name.

Florida

Benefits become available from the 1st to the 28th based on the 8th and 9th digits of the Florida case number (read backwards), dropping the 10th digit. Cash benefits are available the 1st-3rd of each month.

Georgia

Between the 5th-23rd based on the last two digits of the client ID number.

Hawaii

Based on last name, benefits become available on the 3rd and 5th of each month.

Idaho

The first 10 days of each month based on the client’s birth year.

Illinois

1st and the 10th each month based on the head of household’s individual ID number.

Indiana

Between the 5th-23rd based on the first letter of the client’s last name.

Iowa

Benefits become available over the first ten days of the month, based on last name.

Kansas

Benefits become available over the first ten days of the month, based on last name.

Kentucky

Over the first 19 calendar days, benefits become available based on the last digit of the client case number.

Louisiana

Between the 1st-23rd based on the last digit of the client’s SSN. The elderly and disabled get their benefits between the 1st-4th.

Maine

Between the 10th-14th of every month, based on birthday.

Maryland

4th-23rd based on the first three letters of the client’s last name.

Massachusetts

Benefits become available over the first 14 days of the month based on SSN.

Michigan

3rd-21st based on the last digit of the recipient’s ID number.

Minnesota

Between the 4th-13th based on the client case number.

Mississippi

From the 4th-21st based on the last two digits of the client case number.

Missouri

Benefits become available over the first 22 days of the month based on birth month and last name.


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Montana

Benefits are distributed over 5 days starting on the second day based on the SNAP eligibility system case number.

Nebraska

1st-5th based on the last digit of the head of household’s SSN.

Nevada

Over the first 10 days of the month, benefits are distributed based on the last digit of the household’s birth year number.

New Hampshire

Benefits are made available on the 5th every month.

New Jersey

Over the first 5 days of the month, benefits are distributed based on the 7th digit of the client case number.

New Mexico

Over the first 20 days of the month based on the last two digits of the client’s SSN.

New York

Distribution is based on the last digit of the client ID number, except for NYC. Within the 5 broughs it is spread out over 13 days and they change annually, but post the schedule 6 months at a time.

North Carolina

3rd-21st every moth based on the bast digit of the primary card holder’s SSN.

North Dakota

The 1st of every month.

Ohio

Between the 2nd-20th based on the last digit of the client’s SNAP case number.

Oklahoma

Benefits are available from the 1st-10th based on the last digit of the client’s SNAP case number.

Oregon

1st-9th based on the last digit of the client’s SSN. If the client doesn’t have an SSN, the benefit will be available on the 1st.

Pennsylvania

Benefits become available over the first 10 business days each month- excluding holidays. It is based on the last digit of the case record number.

Rhode Island

1st of every month.

South Carolina

Between the 1st-10th based on the last digit of the SNAP case number.

South Dakota

10th of every month.

Tennessee

Benefits are made available based on the last two digits of the head of household’s SSN.

Texas

SNAP households established after June 1, 2020 get benefits staggered between the 16th-28th based on the last two digits of the eligibility determination group number. Homes certified before get their benefits over 15 days based on the same number.

Utah

Benefits are available on the 5th, 11th, or 15th based on last name.

Vermont

1st of every month.

Virginia

From the 1st-7th based on the last digit of the client case number.

Washington

Between the 1st-20th.

West Virginia

Benefits become available over the first 9 days each month based on the first letter of the client’s last name.

Wisconsin

Over the first 15 days of the month benefits become available based on the eighth digit of the client’s SSN.

Wyoming

Between the 1st-4th benefits become available based on the first letter of the client’s last name.


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