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What are the 4 main changes in the SNAP program in 2024?

If you receive SNAP benefits, it is important to stay informed about changes to the program in 2024. Here are some of the main changes.

Estados Unidos
Thrifty Food Plan adjustment for SNAP benefits goes into effect

The United States has several economic aid programs that aim to provide relief, often every month, to families in need. One of the most popular subsidies is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, which provides monthly payments to families struggling to put food on their table. These payments come in the form of food stamps and are deposited onto an EBT debit card, which can be used at supermarkets.

As of 2023, the average SNAP benefit amount is $180 for an individual, while the maximum payment is $281. The specific amount varies depending on the situation of each family. However, it is expected that beneficiaries will receive an increase in payments in 2024, along with other changes to the program.

Changes to eligibility

One of the significant changes that has been made to the SNAP in 2023 that will affect those applying for benefits in 2024 is the expansion of work requirements. In June this year, the Fiscal Responsibility Act (FRA) brought about a significant shift in the criteria for SNAP eligibility. Specifically, the minimum age for healthy adults without dependents has been raised, and work requirements will now be mandatory for those who are under fifty-four years of age.

Who is exempt from these new requirements?

The work requirements age limit has been raised, along with some new exemptions. Pregnant women, veterans, individuals with physical or mental disabilities, and homeless people are not required to meet the work requirement, according to the Food and Nutrition Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Minimum income

While eligibility is determined by the state agency tasked with administering SNAP, the US Department of Agriculture does establish income maximums that impose a limit on how much a household can earn before they are unable to qualify for benefits. As per the guidelines, individuals seeking to receive SNAP coupons must ensure that their gross monthly income does not exceed 130% of the federal poverty level.

Household Size Gross Monthly Income 
1 $1,580
2 $2,137
3 $2,694
4 $3,250
5 $3,807
6 $4,364
7 $4,921
8 $5,478
Each additional member  +$557
Source: USDA

Increase in monthly payments

The USDA, like Social Security, increases its payments each year through the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) to prevent beneficiaries from suffering losses in purchasing power when inflation is high. As part of the 2024 COLA increase, the maximum payment for an individual will go up to $291 from the previous $281. For families with multiple members, the maximum income table is provided below.

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

All modifications became effective on October 1, and beneficiaries have already seen the adjustments reflected in their respective payments. The new changes will remain valid until September 30, 2024.