These 6 States Are Rolling Out $157 Food Stamps Soon: What to Know

by Madison Miller
Photo by: Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo

If you and your family have been struggling to put food on the table recently, you may qualify for food stamps that can make a difference.

For those living in Connecticut, California, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, and Washington, you can expect more food stamps coming very soon. These food stamps can be worth up to $157, as well.

There’s going to be a whole process to get these food stamps, however. The first step would be to fill out a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program form to see if you qualify. The benefits only go to low-income families that require assistance. If you need help immediately, you can call the USDA National Hunger Hotline or you can find a local food pantry in the meantime.

Food Stamps in Different States

It will provide a pre-loaded card that will let them buy the groceries that are vital to survival, such as vegetables, fruit, dairy, and meat.

According to The Sun, there is a specific outline for each of these states as to when you can apply and receive funding. California will have benefits available for the first 10 days of each month. This will be based on the last digit of the client’s case number. Connecticut benefits are available over the course of 22 days and begin the second day of every month.

For those in Illinois, benefits are made available between the first and 10th of each month. In Maine, these benefits stretch from the 10th to the 14th each month. If you’re a resident of Minnesota these benefits will go from the fourth to the 13th. It’s going to be based on the last digit of the client’s case number.

Lastly, those in Washington will get access to those benefits from the first to the 20th of each month.

More Information on SNAP Program

It’s important to know when you have access to benefits and how it’s organized in order to not miss out on important deadlines.

Another important aspect of it all is to understand that this program is run individually by each state, so that’s how eligibility is decided as well. For the most part, the state will limit the food stamps to people that have gross incomes that are up to 130% of the federal poverty line. The full comprehensive guidelines are available to view anytime on the U.S. Department of Health website.

Limitations can also include family size, how much you have in your bank account, who you live with, and your overall income.

Recently, food stamps got a boost everywhere. Food stamps increased by about $36 per person to $157 each month starting on October 1. All in all, there are about 42 million people in the U.S. that are getting SNAP benefits.