Millions of Food Stamps Going Out This Month: Here’s When They Arrive

by Hannah Heser

Recently, the government announced that millions of people will get their food stamps this month. The news comes as a relief for the 41.5 million people that depend on the assistance. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP differs from state to state.

According to US Sun, SNAP has provided specific dates and times for when you can expect the assistance. Each state has a different application process and form. You can check your individual states here to see when you can expect the assistance. For instance, Alabama’s SNAP is distributed from the fourth to the 23rd of every month. The state bases priority on the last two digits of the client’s case number.

Meanwhile, California gets its SNAP on the first 10 days of every month.

Millions of Low-Income Individuals and Families Will Receive Food Stamps This Month

SNAP goes out to those who are eligible for the program. Each state decides who qualifies for the assistance. But the food stamps will be a relief for low-income families struggling to get by. Individuals can expect SNAP assistance before the end of January.

While food stamps used to be physical, hence the name, these days the service is digital. Receivers use the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards to purchase groceries. These cards function much like debit cards in stores.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is known as the largest organization in the U.S. Benefits go out each month. Be sure to check out SNAP’s website for more information on this. Criteria for qualifying for SNAP varies. But eligibility hinges on applicants’ wages, number of dependents, and living situation. The size of the household plays a significant role in determining eligibility. For instance, the U.S. Sun reported that the maximum allotment for a family of four is $835.

Additionally, eligible individuals and families can purchase the following items.

  • Fruits and vegetables.
  • Meat, poultry, and fish.
  • Dairy products.
  • Breads and cereals.
  • Snack foods and non-alcoholic beverages, such as lemonade.
  • Seeds and plants. These items can produce food for the entire household to eat.

Unfortunately, there are some items that cannot be sold through SNAP. You can check them out below.

  • Alcoholic beverages, such as beer, wine, and vodka.
  • Cigarettes, tobacco, and other smoking items.
  • Vitamins and medicines. People must purchase these through their doctor.
  • Live animals except shellfish, other fish, and any animals butchered prior to arriving in stores.
  • Hot and ready-to-make food.
  • Pet food, cleaning supplies, paper products, and other items that are not edible.

In 2008, the government renamed the food stamps “SNAP.” This is because of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008. It is also known as the “Farm Bill.”

However, SNAP still provides the same benefits as it did before the name change.