What Are Some Income Requirements to Receive Food Stamps?


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The income requirements for receiving Supplement Nutritional Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits vary by household size, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For example, a household size of one must not have a gross monthly income greater than $1,265, which is 130 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, while a household of four people may not have an income greater than $2,584 monthly, as of 2015.

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A two-person household can make no more than $1,705 monthly, while a three-person household must make no more than $2,144 per month, notes the USDA. The income for a five-person household must not exceed $3,024 per month. A 20 percent deduction for earned income and a standard deduction of $155 to $165 depending on household size is also taken when figuring income under SNAP guidelines.

In addition to the income requirements for SNAP, households receiving SNAP benefits must also meet the resources requirements. Households must not have more than $2,250 in resources, which includes money in a bank account; the level is slightly more at $3,250 for households with one member age 60 or older. In some states, the value of the household's primary car is excluded from determination when counting resources, although some states use the fair market value of the vehicle towards the resource limit when figuring resources.

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