SNAP, which was earlier a “Food Stamp Program”, is now the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Individuals and families who meet the income guidelines of the SNAP program are eligible to be a part of this program and get benefitted by it. The extent of the benefits that a family can get from it depends on the income and specific expenses. 

This article tells you more about the entry prerequisites and benefits of the SNAP program.  

What is the Eligibility of the SNAP program?

Snap benefits is a beneficial supplemental nutrition assistance program. As per the federal rules, an individual or a family to be eligible to avail the advantages of resources, and the household’s income has to fulfill the food stamp income limit  test:

  • Gross monthly income

The first test is regarding the gross national income where the household income has to be below 130 % of the poverty line. A family that comprises of three members, the “poverty line” used for the calculation of SNAP benefits in the fiscal year 2020 is approx. $1,778 per month. 

In other words, 130 % of the poverty line for a family of three persons is around $2,311 per month. It amounts to $27,700 per year. If the family comprises more than three people, then the poverty level will be higher, and if the family comprises less than three members, then, in that case, the poverty line will be low.

  • Net income has to be below or at the poverty line.

Assets should come under specific limits. All those households having no elder family members or others with any form of disability will need to have assets amounting to $2,250 or below this limit. Households who have an elder member or a person with any kind of disability must have assets that are worth $3,500 or below. 

What is counted as income? 

SNAP considers cash income obtained from all sources that include earned income (before deduction of payroll taxes) and unearned income, like cash support, unemployment insurance, child assistance, and social security.

What is counted as an asset? 

Under SNAP, all those resources that the household has to buy food is considered to be an asset. One of the examples of assets is the cash available in the bank account to buy. 

All those items that can’t buy food such as immovable properties such as home, or retirement savings, automobiles and other types of personal property do not come under assets count. Most automobiles do not count. 

Who are not eligible? 

Certain types of individuals are not entitled to be a part of the
SNAP program. These categories of people include the ones that are on strike, lawfully immigrants or all unauthorized immigrants. 

Calculating Benefit Amounts    

SNAP expects individuals and families that receive advantages to spending thirty percent of the net household income on food. Families that have nil income get the maximum advantage that is linked to the price of the Department of Agriculture’s Thrifty Food Plan. This is the diet plan that is planned to offer an adequate amount of nutrition at a very low cost. 


These are all the details that you should know in order to benefit from the SNAP supplemental nutrition program. 

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