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Food Stamp Income Qualification Guidelines

Food Stamp Income Qualification Guidelines

According to USDA Government Website, those applying for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program (formally known as Food Stamp) must meet income test requirements. Unless all members are receiving TANF, SSI, or in some places general assistance. Most households applying for (Food Stamp) TANF benefits must meet both the gross and net income tests, but a household with an elderly person or a person who is already receiving certain types of disability payments only has to meet the net income test.




Households, except those noted, that have income over the amounts listed below cannot get SNAP benefits.

(Oct. 1, 2013 through Sept. 30, 2014)

Household Size Gross monthly income(130 percent of poverty) Net monthly income(100 percent of poverty)
1 $1,245 $ 958
2 1,681 1,293
3 2,116 1,628
4 2,552 1,963
5 2,987 2,298
6 3,423 2,633
7 3,858 2,968
8 4,294 3,303
Each additional member +436 +335

Gross income means a household’s total, non excluded income, before any deductions have been made. Net income means gross income minus allowable deductions.

* SNAP gross and net income limits are higher in the states of Alaska and Hawaii.

Applying for Food Stamp or SNAP benefits

To apply for Food Stamp or SNAP benefits contact your local (SNAP) food stamp office office. Each State program has their own application form. If your State’s form is not on the web yet, you may need to contact your local food stamp office to request one.

129 Responses to Tell Us Your Experience At Your Local Food Stamp Office

  1. i live in oberlin, louisiana so that makes my office in allen parish. I’m unsure why this office is even still open and how these people get paid for refusing to help anyone they are some of the rudest people ive ever delt with their answer to everything is normally “i have no idea what youre talking about” or just a rude “i dont know”!! I always thought the computer in the front office is their for u to go in and do your snap application online if u dont have access to one of your own and also thought they was in the office just incase you arent fimilar with computers ect… ooooh no dont ask these ladies for any help they make u feel stupid they indirectly tell u to pretty much figure it out!! im lucky bc i have lots of knowledge with computers but ive been in that office and witnessed on more than 1 occasion how they speak to certain types of ppl, they need to understand that majority of us hate that we need gov assistance so we drop our pride bc we dont have any other choice then to go in their & get talked to like bc youre applying and or getting assistance that you’re lower of a human than they are!! i started helping ppl in my community apply online bc i hate seeing anyone get treated the way ive witnessed its so sad!!i went one day just to ask for a paper application & they lady told me with a mouth full of potato chips they dont have paper applications but i think what she didnt have was the ability to move to get it bc how dare i interupt her daily snack time!!!!

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