Are We Going to Get More Food Stamps This Month

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that it will be providing additional food stamps to millions of Americans this month. This is part of the government’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The extra food stamps will be available to families and individuals who are eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The USDA estimates that the additional food stamps will provide about $1 billion in additional food assistance to families and individuals in need. The USDA also said that it will be extending the temporary increase in SNAP benefits that was put in place during the pandemic. The increase in benefits will be extended through September 2023.

How to Determine Emergency Food Stamp Eligibility

Emergency food stamps, also referred to as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, can provide temporary relief to individuals and families facing financial hardship. However, accessing these benefits requires meeting specific eligibility requirements. This article explores the key factors considered when determining your eligibility for emergency food stamps.

Income and Asset Limits

  • Income Limits: SNAP benefits are available to individuals and families whose net income falls at or below certain limits. These limits vary depending on household size and composition.
  • Asset Limits: To be eligible for emergency food stamps, you must also meet the SNAP asset limits. These limits vary depending on your state of residence and include countable assets like cash, stocks, and vehicles.

Residency Requirements

  • U.S. Citizenship or Legal Status: To receive SNAP benefits, you must be a U.S. citizen or meet specific legal status requirements.
  • Residency: You must reside in the state where you are applying for emergency food stamps.

Employment Status

  • Employment Requirements: Able-bodied adults between the ages of 18 and 49 must meet certain work requirements to be eligible for SNAP benefits. These requirements vary depending on your circumstances.
  • Exemptions: Certain individuals are exempt from the work requirements, including students, disabled individuals, and primary caregivers for young children or disabled adults.

Disability and SSI Recipients

  • SSI Recipients: Individuals receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are automatically eligible for SNAP benefits.
  • Disability Status: Individuals with disabilities may be eligible for emergency food stamps if they meet the SNAP’s definition of disability.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

  • TANF Recipients: Families receiving TANF benefits are usually eligible for emergency food stamps.
  • SNAP Eligibility: TANF recipients may need to meet additional requirements to be eligible for SNAP benefits.
Monthly Net Income Limits for SNAP Eligibility (48 States plus D.C.)
Household SizeAnnual Income Limit (2023)Monthly Income Limit (2023)

Note: Income limits vary in Alaska and Hawaii. Check with your local SNAP office for accurate limits.

Application Process

  • Application: To apply for emergency food stamps, you must submit an application to your local SNAP office. The application requires information about your household composition, income, assets, and other factors.
  • Interviews: In some cases, you may be required to attend an interview with a SNAP caseworker to verify the information provided.
  • Approval: If you meet all eligibility requirements, your SNAP benefits will be approved within 30 days of submitting your application.


Emergency food stamps offer temporary assistance to individuals and families facing financial difficulties. Eligibility for these benefits is determined based on factors such as income and asset limits, residency requirements, employment status, disability status, and participation in programs like TANF. To apply, individuals must submit an application to their local SNAP office and meet all eligibility requirements. If approved, benefits will be provided within 30 days of submitting the application.

State-by-State Benefit Payment Schedule

While each state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit payment schedule varies, most states issue food stamps on a specific date each month based on the last digit of the recipient’s Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card number. Here’s a general overview of the benefit payment schedule across different states:

  • Alabama: Benefits are typically issued on the 1st of each month.
  • Alaska: Benefits are usually issued on the 20th of each month.
  • Arizona: Benefits are generally issued on the 1st of each month.
  • Arkansas: Benefits are typically issued on the 7th of each month.
  • California: Benefits are usually issued between the 1st and 31st of each month, depending on the county.

The remaining states’ benefit payment schedules can be found in the table below:

StateBenefit Payment Date
Colorado1st of each month
Connecticut1st of each month
Delaware1st of each month
Florida1st of each month
Georgia1st of each month
Hawaii1st of each month
Idaho1st of each month
Illinois1st of each month
Indiana1st of each month
Iowa1st of each month
Kansas1st of each month
Kentucky1st of each month
Louisiana1st of each month
Maine1st of each month
Maryland1st of each month
Massachusetts1st of each month
Michigan1st of each month
Minnesota1st of each month
Mississippi1st of each month
Missouri1st of each month
Montana1st of each month
Nebraska1st of each month
Nevada1st of each month
New Hampshire1st of each month
New Jersey1st of each month
New Mexico1st of each month
New York1st of each month
North Carolina1st of each month
North Dakota1st of each month
Ohio1st of each month
Oklahoma1st of each month
Oregon1st of each month
Pennsylvania1st of each month
Rhode Island1st of each month
South Carolina1st of each month
South Dakota1st of each month
Tennessee1st of each month
Texas1st of each month
Utah1st of each month
Vermont1st of each month
Virginia1st of each month
Washington1st of each month
West Virginia1st of each month
Wisconsin1st of each month
Wyoming1st of each month

Note: The benefit payment dates may vary depending on holidays. It’s always best to check with your local SNAP office for the exact payment date.

SNAP Benefits Schedule in 2023

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps, provides monthly benefits to low-income individuals and families to help them purchase groceries. The amount of benefits a household receives depends on factors such as household size, income, and expenses. SNAP benefits are typically distributed on a specific date each month, known as the issuance date. The following table presents the SNAP benefits schedule for 2023, including the issuance date for each month:

MonthIssuance Date

Handling Special Circumstances

  • Changes in Household Size: If your household size changes, such as due to a birth, death, or a change in living arrangements, you should report the change to your local SNAP office as soon as possible. This may affect the amount of benefits you receive.
  • Changes in Income: If your income changes, either an increase or decrease, you should also report it to your local SNAP office. This may affect the amount of benefits you receive.
  • Moving to a New State: If you move to a new state, you will need to apply for SNAP benefits in your new state. The application process and eligibility criteria may vary from state to state.
  • Emergency Situations: If you are facing an emergency situation, such as a natural disaster or a sudden loss of income, you may be eligible for additional SNAP benefits. Contact your local SNAP office for more information.

For more information about SNAP benefits, including eligibility criteria, application process, and benefit amounts, you can visit the official SNAP website or contact your local SNAP office.

Eligible Applicants for Emergency Food Stamps

The Emergency Allotments (EA) program has ended, returning to pre-pandemic Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) rules. However, states can temporarily increase food benefits for certain recipients.

  • Households with members receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
  • Households that newly qualify for SNAP or experienced a COVID-related drop in income.
  • Households with students that are eligible for Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT).

You may qualify for additional SNAP benefits if you:

  • Moved to a state with higher maximum SNAP benefits.
  • Added or removed a household member.
  • Experienced a change in income or expenses.

Applying for SNAP Benefits

To apply for SNAP benefits, you can:

  • Apply online at the USDA’s SNAP website.
  • Contact your local SNAP office.
  • Mail the completed SNAP application to your state SNAP office.

You will need to provide the following information when you apply:

  • Your Social Security number.
  • Proof of income.
  • Proof of expenses.
  • Proof of identity.
  • Proof of residency.

Checking Your SNAP Balance

Once you have been approved for SNAP benefits, you can check your balance online, through an EBT mobile app, or by calling your state’s EBT customer service number.

Using Your SNAP Benefits

You can use your SNAP benefits to purchase eligible food items at authorized retailers. Eligible food items include:

  • Fruits and vegetables.
  • Meat, poultry, and fish.
  • Dairy products.
  • Bread and cereal.
  • Snacks and sweets.

You cannot use your SNAP benefits to purchase:

  • Alcohol.
  • Tobacco.
  • Pet food.
  • Prepared food that is not intended for home consumption.

Thanks for sticking with me through this journey of food stamp updates. I know it can be tough to keep up with the ever-changing benefits landscape, but I’m here to help. If you have any more questions or concerns, feel free to drop them in the comments below. I’ll do my best to answer them as soon as possible. In the meantime, keep an eye out for my next article, where I’ll be delving into the latest buzz surrounding the potential expansion of SNAP benefits. Stay tuned, and thanks again for reading!