The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service changes SNAP maximum allotments, deductions, and income eligibility standards every October 1. They decide this based on how much money people need to live. In 2024, they allocated more money for food and housing to most places in the U.S.
For a family of four, here's the maximum allotment they can get for food, as per the USDA website:
48 states and D.C.: $973
Alaska: Between $1,248 and $1,937
Hawaii: $1,759, but they lost $35
U.S. Virgin Islands: $1,251
There's also money for housing stuff like rent and bills. If no one in the house is old or has a disability, the shelter cap for the 48 states and D.C. went up by $48, making it $672. There's also a maximum homeless shelter deduction, $179.66, for homeless shelters. Here are the maximum shelter deductions for 2024:
48 states and D.C.: $672
U.S. Virgin Islands: $529
The resource limit stays the same for all places, at $2,750. For homes with old or disabled people, it's still $4,250.
If a family of four gets $973 a month, that's about $8 for each person daily. SNAP doesn't pay for all food. A study said a cheap meal cost $3.14 at the end of 2022. This is 15% more than the most SNAP gives. Last year, SNAP didn't pay for a full meal in most places.
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