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Eligibility Guideline for the SNAP benefits in February

Check your monthly net and gross income to see if you qualify for SNAP benefits in February.
Check your monthly net and gross income to see if you qualify for SNAP benefits in February. (Photo: The Portland Observer)

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, also formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, is a federal program that provides food-purchasing assistance to low-income households. The SNAP benefit amount is based on the family or individual’s income and certain expenses. Most families and individuals who meet the income guide are eligible for the program.

According to GOBankingRates, the program is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but the implementation depends on the state level. The highest income levels for the upcoming fiscal year 2020 started their implementation on October 1, 2022.

To qualify for this program, you must meet the eligibility standards, such as the amount of income you bring in. The program sets net and gross monthly income restrictions, broken down into household size. Generally, your gross monthly income should not exceed 130% of the poverty line. At the same time, net income refers to household income after deductions are applied and must also be at or below the poverty line.

The amount of SNAP benefits will depend on your monthly net and gross income.

The amount of SNAP benefits will depend on your monthly net and gross income. (Photo: HelpGuide.org)

The following table lists the net and gross monthly income standards for the fiscal year 2023, as reported by GOBankingRates.

Gross monthly income standards for the fiscal year 2023:

Household Size Alaska Hawaii 48 Contiguous States, DC, Guam, Virgin Islands
1 $1,841 $1,694 $1,473
2 $2,480 $2,282 $1,984
3 $3,119 $2,870 $2,495
4 $3,759 $3,458 $3,007
5 $4,398 $4,047 $3,518
6 $5,037 $4,635 $4,029
7 $5,676 $5,223 $4,541
8 $6,315 $5,811 $5,052
Each additional member $640 $589 $512

 

The net monthly income standards for the fiscal year 2023:

Household Size Alaska Hawaii 48 Contiguous States, DC, Guam, Virgin Islands
1 $1,416 $1,303 $1,133
2 $1,908 $1,755 $1,526
3 $2,400 $2,208 $1,920
4 $2,891 $2,660 $2,313
5 $3,383 $3,113 $2,706
6 $3,875 $3,565 $3,100
7 $4,366 $4,018 $3,493
8 $4,858 $4,470 $3,886
Each additional member $492 $453 $394

Aside from the listed net and gross monthly income standards, the family assets are also included for consideration. A household without a family member who has a disability or is age 60 and above must have assets of less than or equal to $2,750. While a household with a family member who is disabled or age 60 and above must have assets of $4,250 or less, as reported by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

 

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