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How to Qualify for EBT

The eligibility requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, vary from state to state. However, there are some general guidelines that apply to all states.

To be eligible for SNAP, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Your household income must be below a certain level. This level is based on the poverty line for your household size.
  • Your household resources must be below a certain level. This level includes cash, bank accounts, investments, and other assets. However, there are some exceptions to this rule, such as your home and car.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident.
  • You must be a resident of the state where you are applying for benefits.
  • You must meet certain work requirements, unless you are exempt.

Federal Poverty Level (FPL)

Household Size2022 Income Numbers2023 Income Numbers
For individuals$13,590$14,580
For a family of 2$18,310$19,720
For a family of 3$23,030$24,860
For a family of 4$27,750$30,000
For a family of 5$32,470$35,140
For a family of 6$37,190$40,280
For a family of 7$41,910$45,420
For a family of 8$46,630$50,560
For a family of 9+Add $4,720 for each extra personAdd $5,140 for each extra person

There are also some special eligibility rules for certain groups of people, such as:

  • Elderly people
  • People with disabilities
  • Pregnant women
  • Children
  • Homeless people

Here are some additional ways you can qualify for EBT:

  • You are a member of a household that is receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits.
  • You are a member of a household that is receiving certain other government benefits, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or General Assistance.
  • You are a member of a household that is participating in certain employment and training programs.
  • You are a member of a household that is experiencing a temporary hardship, such as a job loss or medical emergency.

If you are not sure if you are eligible for SNAP, you can contact your local SNAP office for more information. They will be able to help you determine if you meet the eligibility requirements and apply for benefits.

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