Are food stamp benefits the same in every state?


Quick Answer

Food stamp benefits administered under the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are the same in the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia. However, the states administer SNAP, and some states have tougher restrictions on beneficiaries' assets, affecting an individual's ability to qualify for SNAP.

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As of 2015, households that meet income requirements and have up to $2,250 in countable resources are eligible for SNAP benefits. Some states count the value of a beneficiary's vehicle as part of the allowable assets, which can lower eligibility. States calculate SNAP benefits based on a household's income, taking into account deductions for dependent care and child support. The 2015 maximum monthly allotment for a family of four is $649.

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