According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a single recipient in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is eligible for a maximum of $194 a month during the 2015 fiscal year. The actual benefit is based on the person's income and expenses.
Single recipients can earn no more than $1,265 in gross monthly income or $973 in net monthly income to be eligible for food stamps. Net income is determined by reducing the gross income through deductions.
Twenty percent of gross income is deducted, and a standard deduction of $155 is made for one- to three-person households. Rent or mortgage payments, utilities and property taxes on a home, in excess of more than 50 percent of gross income, as well as medical costs and child support payments, also are deducted.