2016 – 2017 Food Stamp (SNAP) Income Eligibility Levels, Deductions and Benefit Allotment Payments

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2017 Update – The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) has reported that the SNAP program funding is likely to see significant cuts if the the House Budget Committee-approved budget plan is passed. More than $150 billion is proposed to be cut from the program (over 20 percent) over the next ten years (2017-2026). This works out to an average of more than $40 per person per month in 2021 to 2026. Families of four would face benefit cuts of about $165 a month in fiscal year 2021, or almost $2,000 per year. All families of three would face cuts of about $130 per month, or almost $1,550 per year.

[Updated with 2016 Information] The USDA has published 2016 details for its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  The income thresholds and monthly benefit details are valid till September 2016. You can see prior year levels in the updates below.

2016 Food Stamp Income Guidelines

2016 SNAP benefit allotment.

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[Updated with 2014 Information] The USDA has published 2014 details for its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  The income thresholds and monthly benefit details are valid till September 2014. You can see 2013 levels in the update below. 2014 allotments have dropped due to the failure of Congress to extend the 2009 stimulus funding for the Food Stamp/SNAP program. Hence millions of Americans who rely on this program are going to see a cut in their benefits. The overall cut to the the program is around $5 billon dollars with the CBPP estimating the average cut will be $29 per month for a family of four.

Household sizeGross monthly income ($)Net monthly income ($)Maximum Monthly Allotment ($)
11,245958189
21,6811,293347
32,1161,628497
42,5521,963632
52,9872,298750
63,4232,633900
73,8582,968995
84,2943,3031,137
Each additional member+436+335+142

The amount of benefits the household gets is called an allotment. The net monthly income of the household is multiplied by 0.3, and the result is subtracted from the maximum allotment for the household size to find the household’s allotment. This is because SNAP households are expected to spend about 30 percent of their resources on food.

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[Updated with 2013 Information] The USDA has published 2013 details for its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  The income thresholds and monthly benefit details are valid till September 2013. Other eligibility rules have not changed much from 2012 as outlined in the previous update below.

2013 Food Stamp or SNAP program benefits and amounts

How Much Could I Receive – Allotment Details? 

2013 Food stamp benefit

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The Federal Food Stamp Program is now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Eligibility for SNAP depends on things like the number of people in your household, income, and resources (cash, bank accounts, etc…). Income includes money earned from work. It also includes benefits like Social Security and unemployment. The following table shows the 2012 gross and net income level that households must meet to qualify for SNAP food stamp payments.

SNAP Income Thresholds

Households have to meet income tests unless all members are receiving TANF, SSI, or in some places general assistance.  Gross income means a household’s total, non-excluded income, before any deductions have been made. Net income means gross income minus allowable deductions. Allowable deductions include, 20% deduction from earned income; standard deduction of $147 for households sizes of 1 to 3 people and $155 for a household size of 4 (higher for some larger households); dependent care deduction when needed for work, training, or education; and certain medical expenses.

Households may have $2,000 in countable resources, such as a bank account, or $3250 in countable resources if at least one person is age 60 or older, or is disabled

SNAP Benefit

The amount of benefits the household gets is called an allotment. The net monthly income of the household is multiplied by 0.3, and the result is subtracted from the maximum allotment for the household size to find the household’s allotment. This is because SNAP households are expected to spend about 30 percent of their resources on food.

SNAP Benefits

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest data, a record 44.7 million people participated in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in fiscal 2011 at a $75.3 billion cost to taxpayers. That’s up from 28.2 million and $37.6 billion in 2008. Some four million people are now on food stamps in Texas, with California (3.7 million) and Florida (3.1 million) close behind.

You or an authorized representative has to apply at the local office for SNAP benefits. For more details on eligibility and application requirements visit the USDA SNAP web page

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12 Comments on "2016 – 2017 Food Stamp (SNAP) Income Eligibility Levels, Deductions and Benefit Allotment Payments"

JIM

Living in a very rural-unemployment area in the UP of MI, at 74 my only income is SS & SSI. If SNAP benefits are cut, I’ll be starving the last week of the month. Why? Because the one grocery store in town with limited selections has extremely high prices. Example: orange juice last year was going for $4.75 for 56 ozs. This year it’s at $7.85. Meats, fish, chicken & turkey have similar price increases. Eggs went from $1.29 to over $4 per dozen. SNAP needs to stop giving benefits to illegals. MAKE FOREIGN AID AMERICAN AID.

alisha simpkins

FOR REAL!! have you heard that its not the minority that are recieving food stamps its carcasians!!! They hold the highest percentage in the United States!! FYI!! Read, Listen, Learn!!

donna annod

Yes, Caucasians are the highest percentage of population in the States, so there are more whites on stamps than blacks, but its because THERE ARE MORE WHITES. But the PERCENTAGE of blacks on stamps is higher than the PERCENTAGE of whites on stamps. Most folks probably dont waste their time replying to your nonsense, because its a known fact that blacks are roughly 12% of the population, yet the PERCENTAGE of SUBSIDIES and CRIME for blacks is higher than any orther race. You know it. Everyone does. Nothing racist about it — its a fact. So your read, listen and learn BS is changing the facts or what everyone knows…

Joslyn

Can I be eligible if I’m a full time student in a vocational school? I’m 19

Acosta

Yes, but you also must work a min of 20 hours a week.

GIm

Jim johnson shut ur ignorant a$$ up.

Jim Johnson

I can’t believe this. Why don’t your parents stay in Mexico? Can’t they get Food Stamps in Mexico?

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Jenny

Are non-citizens eligible for SNAP program? I have my parents here from Mexico and want to see if they can get any benefits.

Per USDA guidelines, SNAP eligibility has never been extended to undocumented non-citizens. But Since SNAP is an entitlement program, it is available to nearly everyone with limited income and resources as long as they are citizens or meet certain immigration status requirements. The rules are complicated so I suggest you visit the USDA site referenced in the article above.

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