Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is also known as SNAP, a Federal program to help American families. In fact, it is the largest nutrition assistance program from the Federal government. Not everyone can be eligible for SNAP since it is only for those who have a low income.
This SNAP benefit will allow Americans who have a low income to have monthly support to buy food. The Federal government will provide these families with a card. This is an Electronic Benefits Transfer card. In this way, beneficiaries can go to the retail food stores that are in the program. There, they will be able to buy eligible food.
How can you use the card?
This Electronic Benefits Transfer card works just like a debit card in any eligible store. Despite the fact that SNAP amounts went up in 2020, they will now be lower. This amount will be smaller from March 2023 onward. Some states had already reduced the amount of these benefits. Actually, they had already put an end to the Emergency Allotments.
While other states carried on paying the Emergency Allotments and plan to stop paying them soon. It will be this February 2023 the last month they will be getting this extra amount. Remember that the Emergency Allotments increased SNAP by 95 dollars approximately. According to the Food Research & Action Center, it will be a reduction of about $82.
What is the maximum amount SNAP beneficiaries receive?
It was on October 1, 2022, when the amounts were set. These amounts will be the same until September 30, 2023. The money each SNAP beneficiary receives depends on the number of people their family has. The minimum amount for a one-member family is $281. The maximum is for an eight-member family with $1,691.However, if there is an additional member an extra 211 dollars will be available.
Those families who have just two members will receive $281 and $740 for those who are 3. Besides, those families that are four members get $939. Followed by them, a five-member family receives $1,116. If you are 6 in your family you can get $1,339 and $1,480 for seven members. This amount may vary in some states like Alaska and Hawaii. In Alaska, the amount could be higher depending on the area you live too. States are in charge of their management so you may want to ask your state about them.