What Are the Qualifications for Food Stamps?


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To qualify for Supplemental Food and Nutritional Program benefits, a person must meet certain resource, income, citizenship and employment requirements. Some states have requirements that differ from the general eligibility standards.

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Households generally must have $2,250 or less in countable resources, such as savings, to qualify for SNAP. The resource limit, as well as what qualifies as a countable resource, may vary depending on location and other variables. A household must also meet the gross monthly income requirement (130 percent of the poverty line) and net monthly income requirement (100 percent of the poverty line) for the size of the household.

Legal immigrants are entitled to SNAP benefits if they have lived in the country for 5 years, are receiving disability benefits or have children under 18. Illegal and temporary immigrants are not eligible. Some states also have employment standards which must be met in order to qualify for benefits.

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