- Millions of beneficiaries announced with new ‘food stamps’ program.
- The SNAP program provides food assistance to about 42 million low-income households in the United States.
- Food Stamp Prepaid Card can be used at 238,000 retailers nationwide.
Food stamps will change in several ways over the next month with four new programs announcing who the beneficiaries will be and how their payments will be affected.
Food stamps are also known as the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) which provides food assistance to around 42 million low-income households in the United States.
Changes for beneficiaries of the ‘food stamps’
The federal program provides a prepaid card to families whose benefits are renewed month by month so that they can buy food such as fruits, vegetables, dairy products, meat, fish bread and cereals, reported The Sun.
The card can be used at 238,000 retailers nationwide, and food stamp recipients are typically low-income individuals with gross incomes up to 130% of the federal poverty line.
Who is eligible for the SNAP program?
Although each state has its own schemes, eligibility for food stamp assistance is generally limited to people with gross income up to 130% of the federal poverty line. In a single person household the income should be $ 12,880 and increases according to the number of family members. Also, the poverty line for a family of four is $ 26,500 gross income.
The amount of money a food stamp recipient can get will depend on the size of their family. Usually the amount of money is calculated based on 30% of their net income, which is what people are assumed to spend on food. For example, a family of four members You can receive up to $ 782 in food stamps per month.
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