Millions of individuals relying on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are set to receive a boost in benefits starting October 1.
This adjustment comes as a response to recent changes in the cost of living attributed to high inflation, with benefit changes based on the Consumer Price Index from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for June 2022.
According to Forbes Advisor, SNAP benefits will increase by 12.5% for 12 months, starting in October, compared to the previous year.
Here is a breakdown of the new maximum benefit amounts for households in the 48 contiguous U.S. states and D.C., as provided by the USDA:
- Household size 1 – $291
- Household size 2 – $535
- Household size 3 – $766
- Household size 4 – $973
- Household size 5 – $1,155
- Household size 6 – $1,386
- Household size 7 – $1,532
- Household size 8 – $1,751
- Each additional person adds $219, with the minimum benefit remaining $23 per month.
It’s important to note that benefits can vary in Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, and the US Virgin Islands, with Alaska potentially offering a maximum benefit of $1,937 for a family of four.
Hawaii’s SNAP Benefits Decline, New Income Thresholds, and Updated Requirements
In contrast, Hawaii’s full allotment will decrease to $1,759 for a family of four.
The monthly income eligibility thresholds have also changed for the 48 contiguous US states and D.C. To qualify for SNAP benefits, your monthly income must be below the following points:
- Household size 1 – $1,580
- Household size 2 – $2,137
- Household size 3 – $2,694
- Household size 4 – $3,250
- Household size 5 – $3,807
- Household size 6 – $4,364
- Household size 7 – $4,921
- Household size 8 – $5,478
Households with lower monthly incomes may qualify for higher benefits, and those with elderly or disabled members have higher income thresholds.
These benefit adjustments will be in place until September 30, 2024, and may change again depending on the cost of living.
Additionally, SNAP is implementing changes to eligibility requirements. As of September 1, 2023, childless workers under 50 must demonstrate they worked 80 or more hours a month, pursued education, or participated in training programs to qualify for SNAP.
On October 1, 2023, this requirement will expand to individuals up to age 52; on October 1, 2024, it will further expand to those up to age 54.
Exemptions apply to homeless individuals, veterans, youth aged 18 to 24 who aged out of foster care, and those unable to work due to physical or mental limitations, pregnancy, or having a child aged 18 or younger living in their home.
Please meet the new work requirements to ensure eligibility for only three months of benefits within three years.
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Source: The Hill