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SNAP benefits to increase in October

Starting in October, the maximum benefit for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP will increase. Find out more about the new amounts.

Starting in October, the maximum benefit for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP will increase. Find out more about the new amounts.
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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits are about to increase.

SNAP is one of the main nutritional benefits provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in collaboration with state governments. This program provides financial assistance to low-income families for the purchase of certain foods.

These benefits are delivered through an electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card, which works like a debit card to buy groceries at certain approved stores.

READ ALSO: Here’s how you can appeal if you’re denied SNAP benefits

SNAP benefits: how much money is sent in 2023?

The monthly allowance provided by the program depends on the size of the household, as well as its gross and net income and other requirements. The maximum amounts that beneficiaries can receive change each year, coming into effect on October 1.

These are the amounts that will be in effect until September 30 in the 48 contiguous United States, including the District of Columbia:

  • 1 household 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

For beneficiaries living in Alaska, the maximum is $1,172 for families of 4 living in urban areas, $1,494 for those in rural area 1, and $1,819 for residents of rural area 2. In Hawaii, the maximum is $1,794 for a family of 4.

SNAP benefits will increase in October

Maximum SNAP benefits for 2024 will increase by 3.5 to 3.8 percent. These are the maximum amounts that will be awarded in the 48 contiguous United States, including the District of Columbia, beginning October 1 of this year.

  • 1 household member: $291
  • 2 members: $535
  • 3 members: $766
  • 4 members: $973
  • 5 members: $1,155
  • 6 members: $1,386
  • 7 members: $1,532
  • 8 members: $1.1751
  • Additional member: +$219

The maximum allowances for a family of four will range between $1,248 and $1,937 in Alaska. The maximum allowances for a family of four in Hawaii will decrease to $1,759.

The minimum benefit for the 48 states and D.C. will remain at $23. The minimum monthly payment in Alaska will vary between $30 and $46, while in Hawaii it will be $42.