According to the USDA, the following are the new maximum Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit amounts for each of the 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C.-
One-person household: $291
A surcharge of $219 per extra passenger applies. This year, the smallest benefit payment will be $23 per month, the same as last year.
Benefit increases for the millions of people who rely on SNAP to help cover the cost of food and other needs will go into effect on October 1.
Formerly known as “Food Stamps,” the SNAP payments will increase automatically next month to match the rising cost of living.
The June 2022 Consumer Price Index from the Bureau of Labor Statistics will be used to calculate benefit adjustments. Forbes Advisor claims that beginning in October, SNAP payments will rise annually by 12.5% over the previous year.
The required monthly income has also been altered. Anyone in the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia whose monthly income is less than the amounts listed below is eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) payments.
Size 1 household $1,580
Size 2 $2,137
Size 3 $2,694
Size 4 $3,250
Size 5 $3,807
Size 6 $4,364
Size 7 $4,921
Size 8 $5,478
Those with a lower monthly income may be eligible for greater assistance, as may families with a senior or disabled member. These updated benefit levels will remain in effect until September 30, 2024, after which they may be adjusted again to account for inflation.
Increased SNAP payments can be obtained with no additional paperwork from current participants. The adjustments will be implemented mechanically.
For those without dependent children under 50, eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will need proof of job or school attendance of 80 hours or more per month beginning September 1, 2023.
On October 1st, the minimum age limit will be raised to 52. The minimum age limit will increase again to 54 on October 1, 2024.
Those in need are excluded from these regulations, as are veterans and minors between 18 and 24 who have aged out of foster care. Those pregnant, caring for a kid under 18, or otherwise unable to work due to a medical condition will also be excused.
You can only receive SNAP benefits for three months every three years if you don’t meet the new work requirements.