In Illinois, the Department of Human Services (DHS) manages the SNAP program, which aids low-income families in acquiring the food they require for good health. Illinois SNAP members can anticipate having their benefits deposited on their Illinois Link Cards every month. SNAP benefits are deposited according to the same schedule each month, even in December 2022.
Once benefits are approved by the Illinois DHS, Link Cards are issued. Over 9,000 merchants in Illinois as well as the majority of food stores accept the Illinois Link Card. Look for a sign that says “Illinois Link accepted here” or a display of the Illinois Link card.
Illinois Link Card can be used to purchase the following:
- dairy products
- meat, fish, and poultry
- fruits and vegetables
- bread and cereals
- seeds and plants, which provide food for the families
- non-alcoholic beverages
- snack foods
There are limitations on how you can utilize your SNAP benefits, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, vitamins, medications, dietary supplements, live animals, pet meals, cleaning supplies, paper goods, and cosmetics are just a few of the things you can’t purchase with SNAP benefits.
How to get EBT Discounts
There are some extra ways to save your money with your Illinois link card. Here we will provide some free services or discounts for SNAP recipients for December:
Farmer’s Markets– Recipients can use their link cards for professional farmer’s markets and farm stands to store money. With the Illinois program, cardholders can also spend at the farmer’s market worth $25. To get a matching $25 to purchase vegetables and fruits.
Restaurant Meals Program– In Illinois, the Restaurant Meals Program allows you to use your Link Card to pay for hot meals (RMP). Before using your Link Card to pay for a meal, be careful to call and confirm whether the restaurant is a member of RMP.
The last number of your case number determines the day that funds are deposited in your Link Card. If your SNAP case was converted from a legacy case, you will retain the legacy availability date of either the 1st to the 10th, 13th, 17th, or 20th.