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Food stamps: Can SNAP and WIC benefits be received at the same time?

The US has various ways of providing economic assistance, such as SNAP and WIC coupons, but can you receive these two benefits at the same time?

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The United States has various economic aid programs with the aim of offering assistance to low-income people. One of the best known is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP.

Food assistance from SNAP

Through the SNAP Program, the state government offers monthly food stamps to the neediest families. The money is deposited directly to an EBT debit card, which is accepted in selected stores. The exact amount will depend on the situation of each family, as well as its members. This is the maximum monthly SNAP allowance, based on the number of family members:

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  • 1 member: $281
  • 2 members: $516
  • 3 members: $740
  • 4 members: $939
  • 5 members: $1,116
  • 6 members: $1,339
  • 7 members: $1,480
  • 8 members: $1,691
  • Additional member: +$211

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WIC program for women and children

In addition to SNAP coupons, there is assistance that is quite similar but not as well known. This is the WIC Program: for Women, Infants & Children only.

To receive WIC benefits, you must prove you are nutritionally at risk, live in one of the US states, Washington D.C., Guam, or the Virgin Islands, and have income between 100% and 185% of the federal poverty level. In addition, you must cover the requirements according to the category for which you wish to apply:


  • Pregnant, or within six weeks of giving birth or at the end of a pregnancy.
  • Postpartum, up to six months after the baby is born. or termination of pregnancy)
  • Breastfeeding, through a baby's first birthday


  • Newborn to baby's first birthday


  • Up to five years old

Food Stamps: Can I get SNAP and WIC benefits at the same time?

WIC is separate from the SNAP Program, which means you can apply for both at the same time, as long as you meet the necessary requirements to apply for the benefits.


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