- Six US states are sending $157 food stamps this January to millions of recipients.
- About 42 million people across the country benefit from food stamps.
Millions of eligible Americans in the United States will receive food stamps worth up to $157 this January, The Sun reported. Qualified Connecticut and Maine residents are among the recipients who will receive food stamps within the next few weeks.
About 42 million people across the country receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) through preloaded cards that allow them to buy food in certain stores and even in some restaurants.
Which states will receive $157 food stamps?
Food stamps are currently being sent out in several states across the country, including Connecticut, Minnesota, Maine, and Washington. For example, eligible Connecticut residents will get their food stamp benefits for 22 days in January and many have already started receiving them. In Minnesota food stamps could be claimed between January 4 and 13 depending on the last digit of each beneficiary’s case number. In Maine they are available from the 10th to the 14th of each month according to the last number of the beneficiary’s birthday.
What other states will send the benefits?
In California and Illinois benefits are available during the first 10 days of each month and are distributed based on the last digit of the beneficiary’s case number. In Washington benefits can be claimed between the 1st and 20th of each month.
Who are the beneficiaries? The SNAP program is exclusive to individuals or families with gross incomes up to 130% of the federal poverty line. Currently this amount starts at $12,880 for a single-person household and increases based on family size. For example, for a family of four the threshold is $26,500.
Millions of beneficiaries will see an increase in their food stamps
About 1.2 million beneficiaries in Michigan will see an increase in food stamps this January. The increase will be at least $95 as Governor Gretchen Whitmer promised to continue helping residents amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Detroit Free Press reported.
“My administration will continue to work with our federal partners to do everything we can to make sure Michigan families can put food on the table,” Whitmer said. For food stamp recipients benefits will be available on their Bridge cards between January 15 and 24, and the extra money will appear separately in their accounts. He also stressed that residents who qualify for benefits need to reapply.