2024 SNAP (Food Stamps) Benefits and Maximum Monthly EBT Benefit after End of Extra Pandemic EA Payments

This article provides updates on the nation’s food stamp program, known officially as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), for the latest and prior federal fiscal years. The latest 2024 fiscal year began in October 2023, and updated benefits are provided below.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service sets the guidelines for the state administered SNAP program, which helps feed more than 40 million Americans.

For 2024, the average family of four living in the 48 contiguous states and DC., will see their maximum allotment rise to $973 from $939 in the prior year. See other household size increases in the maximum allotment tables later in this article.

The minimum benefit will remain at $23, which is adversely affecting many seniors. The shelter deduction, which helps homeless people via additional SNAP benefits, will increase to nearly $180 in 2024.

Additional SNAP Emergency allotments (EA) which provided a “pandemic” boost to existing recipients ended in February 2023 with final payments disbursed in March 2023. See sections below for more details.

Given how many economically marginalized people rely on SNAP, there are ongoing discussions in Congress to increase benefits via adjusting eligibility criteria or provide one-time boosts. I will continue to post updates as they are released.

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Eligibility and Applying for SNAP

The SNAP program follows federal guidelines, but household eligibility is based on certain requirements (like income thresholds shown below) are determined and paid by the relevant state agency when you apply for benefits.

Your state agency or local SNAP office will generally process your application within 30 days and send you a letter confirming your eligibility and duration for receiving benefits.

Your state SNAP agency may conduct additional verification of your information during the application period and follow-up with additional questions, if needed. So ensure you respond promptly to any calls or official notices.

All benefits are back-dated to when you submit your application for benefits and you will be paid any retroactive benefits in your first deposit.

When Are SNAP benefits paid?

While the program is federally funded, it is administered by each state. You will need to see your state’s SNAP/Food Stamp page (google it) for when your state is supposed to automatically load your benefits onto the states approved Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) debit card.

Generally it is based on your first or last name and loaded by your state agency on pre-set dates every month.

You can use your EBT card to buy approved groceries and related items at stores and retailers. This includes the following:

Add your SNAP EBT Card Now on Amazon to buy your Groceries

Approved SNAP ItemsYou cannot use SNAP for the following items
– Fruits and vegetables;
– Meat, poultry, and fish;
– Dairy products;
– Breads and cereals;
– Other foods such as snack foods and non-alcoholic beverages; and
Seeds and plants, which produce food for the household to eat.
– Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes, or tobacco
– Vitamins, medicines, and supplements.
– Most Live animals
– Prepared Foods fit for immediate consumption
– Hot foods
Any nonfood items such as: Pet foods, Cleaning supplies, paper products, and hygiene items
SNAP Eligible and Non-Eligible Items

2024 Maximum SNAP Benefits

The table below shows the maximum SNAP monthly allotment by household size for the 48 states and D.C. It is effective for the 2024 fiscal year period covering October 1, 2023 through to September 30, 2024.

The 2023 monthly amounts are provided for reference.

Household SizeMax 2023 Monthly AllotmentMax 2024 Monthly Allotment
Each Additional Member$211$219
Maximum SNAP Household Benefit Allotments (source: USDA)

The minimum benefit for the 48 states and D.C. remains at $23 in 2024 and will also increase in Alaska, Guam, Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

See this video for more on the above changes.

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Income Eligibility Standards

The USDA has also finalized the following monthly income eligibility standards tables for FY 2024.

SNAP monthly income eligibility standards tables for FY 2024.
SNAP monthly income eligibility levels for FY 2024 (source: USDA)

Generally, your household must meet both the gross and net income limits described below to be eligible for SNAP benefits. The exception is for households with an elderly or disabled person, which only has to meet the net income limit.

Calculation of actual SNAP allotment Payment

Your maximum SNAP allotment could be lower than than the maximum, even if you meet income thresholds above, because SNAP households are expected to spend about 30% of their own resources on food. This note include the temporary pandemic SNAP benefit discussed below.

Your actual allotment is calculated by multiplying your household’s net monthly income by 0.3, and subtracting the result from the maximum monthly allotment for your household size.

So for example, if Mary and Joe, who have 3 kids make $2,000 in net monthly income, their actual allocation will be $3,518 (5 person household max allotment) – 30%*2000 minus = $2,918.

SNAP EA Pandemic Payments – 2023 Emergency Allotments and Schedule

The 15% (minimum of $95) SNAP pandemic emergency boost, or emergency allotment (EA), has now ended and those states that were still participating in this program will be making final, mainly catch-up or retroactive, payments in March and April.

See more around future SNAP changes and emergency allotment updates in this YT video.

Will Extra SNAP EA Benefits Be Paid After March 2023?

No. Pandemic-era expansions (emergency allotments) of the SNAP program, including free school meal benefits were not funded in the 2023 government spending omnibus bill and will expire in March 2023.

This will mean an at least $95 monthly SNAP benefits cut to eligible households in states where the extra emergency allotments are being paid (see list above).

Households that received both SNAP and Social Security benefits may also experience a significant decrease in their “normal” SNAP benefits after the EA allotments expire, due to the record COLA for Social Security benefits (which impact SNAP income limits) that took effect at the start of this year.

As a result older adults and seniors could see their monthly SNAP benefits cut to just $23 on average as the pandemic SNAP/food stamp EA benefits are phased-out.

$40 Summer EBT Grocery Benefit for Kids (from 2024)

While SNAP emergency allotments were not extended, a new program was (permanently) funded in the omnibus bill that provides a $40 per month grocery benefit for kids, starting in the summer of 2024.

Children would be eligible for $40 grocery benefit – paid via reloadable debit cards – during the summer of 2024. Enrollment would be automatic for kids who already qualify for free or reduced price school meals.

The grocery benefit will be adjusted for inflation and will increase over time. It is estimated that this program, the largest such program in over 50 years, will help over 30 million children and significantly reduce hunger and food insecurity for lower income families.

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Prior Year Updates

2022 Maximum SNAP Benefits

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which manages the SNAP program, under direction from the Biden administration confirmed the 2022 increase which reflects higher costs for a nutritious diet in line with rising food prices.

This will bring the average FY 2022 total monthly benefit to $169 and marks the largest ever permanent increase (25%) of food aid available to needy families.

The table below shows the maximum SNAP monthly allotment by household size. It is effective for the period covering October 1, 2021 – September 30, 2022.

Household SizeMaximum Monthly Allotment
Each Additional Member$188
2022 SNAP Household Benefit Allotments

[2020 Update] Under President Biden’s new economic agenda he has signed an executive order instructing the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow states to increase SNAP (food stamp) benefits by 15%. Per the update below, Congress had boosted the maximum SNAP benefit by 15%, but that did not help the 40% of SNAP recipients who were already at the maximum benefit. If states follow the updated guidance an additional 12 million people would get the enhanced benefits.

As part of his American Rescue Plan proposal, President Biden is calling on Congress to provide additional support to ensure that all Americans, regardless of background, have access to healthy, affordable groceries….to help women, infants and children get the food they need. USDA will consider issuing new guidance that would allow states to increase SNAP emergency allotments for those who need it most. 

Maximum 2021 SNAP Benefits

2020 – 2021 COVID Relief Bill Increase (Congress passed)

Under the recently passed $900 billion COVID relief bill, $13 billion of additional funding was allocated to the SNAP/Food stamp program, which increases the maximum benefits through the food assistance program through June 30, 2021. The main benefit, which was missing from the original stimulus bill, is an across-the-board 15% increase in monthly SNAP benefits for the next six months, starting January. 1st 2021. This will benefit approximately 43 million Americans receiving food stamps. The package also expands eligibility for SNAP benefits to lower income college students, while the elderly will see a boost in funding for the Older Americans Act nutrition programs ($175 million).

[Sep 2020] With no new stimulus package currently approved by a divided Congress, the following are COVID SNAP adjustments still available:

Emergency Allotments (EA): States can issue emergency supplements to SNAP households that normally receive less than the maximum benefit.

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT): States can provide benefits (similar to SNAP or “food stamps”) to children who normally receive free or reduced-price school meals.

SNAP Online Purchasing: The Food and Nutrition services (FNS) department has rapidly expanded SNAP online purchasing to support social distancing, bringing access to nearly three-quarters of the states, covering 90% of SNAP households.

Extend certification periods for up to 6 months and adjust periodic report requirements for some or all households,. This option is only available to households with certification periods set to expire or periodic reports due on or before June 30, 2021.

[Update on Additional SNAP benefits] Under the recently proposed HEROs act House Democrats have included a provision is to boost the maximum SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) payment benefit by 15%. This is designed to help low income earners deal with the rising cost of food as a result of supply chain disruption and production shortages.

The HEROs act and included provisions will likely go through a lot of debates and changes due to strong opposition from moderate Democrats and Republicans who worry about the ballooning federal deficit. But if the economy does not improve and unemployment does not fall or there is a significant resurgence of the Coronavirus later this year then it seems almost certain a second stimulus package will be passed. I will post updates as they come to light.

Additional funding has been provided under the CARE stimulus bill, that provides some critical program funding for many middle and lower income American families. Key provisions include:

Child nutrition: $8.8 billion was provided for schools to give more flexibility around providing meals for students. Most areas where schools have been closed are now offering up to 2 free meals per day for school aged children. Another $450 million was provided for food banks and other community food distribution programs.

Food stamps/SNAP: $15.5 billion is going to the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) to cover the cost of new applications to the program as a result of the coronavirus. Note however this does not increase monthly benefits, rather it just provides additional federal funding for the likely surge in new applicants. Many wanted the wanted the minimum SNAP benefit to be doubled (to $30 per month) and a 20% raise in the maximum benefit.

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176 thoughts on “2024 SNAP (Food Stamps) Benefits and Maximum Monthly EBT Benefit after End of Extra Pandemic EA Payments”

  1. Starving seniors do vote. We all paid taxes too. Government profiteers can give themselves a raise in their public service jobs. What a joke to seniors who are now old and hungry in America.

    • I’m very tired, I got 40 dollars on my cost of living on my ssdi check. And I’ve lost all my food stamps I’ve had my pip raised and my rent went up all because I got 40 more dollars on my ssdi check. and now I’m getting close to 200 dollars also removed from ssdi check because I make to much now in ohio for the saving Medicare plan
      So now I have to pay my premium
      Does anyone realize that I’m only going to be bringing in ,1000 dollars after they are done. And all the programs in ohio have raised my payments do metro did medicade did Medicare did food stamps did pip did. It was only 40 Dollars I got but because of Ohio rules I was at 1300 and now I’m only getting 1000
      This doesn’t seem fat and I’m sick with kidney disease and have no food and can’t get to a good pantry . Also was on a special diet but have money to buy the fruits and vegetables I need. I’m giving up I can’t help myself anymore I’ve broke my back in three places and was working part time like ,18hourd every two weeks but of course the government is freaking out about me working and have already taken anything extra away. I can’t even pay for toilet paper.this is not right and it isn’t helping me to get well but instead has made me sicker

    • I am disabled and am staying where ever I can with family or the car I get ssdi that is 1036.00 a month I had 17 out town visits for outpatient surgery for my back conditions or totaled 1700.00 plus one of my doctors quit accepting my insurance which is 310.50 a month I have a total of six different specialists I have to see for my medical care I get 25.00 in snap and that was after I turned in my out of town expenses for my outpatient surgeries I can’t afford to eat some days plus the healthy fruits I love I can’t afford something more needs done for the disabled and the elderly thank you God bless

  2. this country is ruined because the goverment didn’t administrate the money correct,given away big cuantities of money and food to the people who does not deserve it! GOD said;if you don’t work,you don’t eat!(look at in the bible)(at least you do something)the good goverment needs to stop feed a bunch of parasites and put them produce something for the country.USA only produce arround 15%while the comsumption is ~ 60%,is realy embarresd! another thing is the investment in the wars y drugs were only few people win!

    • I have a Question for you. Where in the Bible does it state if a person doesn’t work he doesn’t eat!? And another thing. I’m a widow of a Viet Nam Vet Who was Sprayed with the Pesticide Agent Orange.. I. .Since you Brought the Bible and Your God into this Reply on who gets food stamps so they can eat. My Lord is a Loving Lord. No one should pull Judgement on anyoneI I also feel that your Religious remarks are Unjustified Who are you. to deny food to anyone? THAT THE PROBLEM IN THIS COUNTRY There are too many people like you! For one You must be on govt aid yourself. So maybe you should be denued Govt Alitment due to the fact . You don’t know how to Speak Right and You can’t spell. Many like you would say To deny you everything. Because you didn’t take the time to read the Books That were given to you,!! Your a hypocrite. On one hand You perceive yourself to be a Good Christen Woman. And ton the other hand You condemn people For wanting a better life. My ancestors came over here From Europe. They stood in line for food. The needed to eat in order to have the strength to work. SHAME ON YOU! ANOTHER BIBLE THUMPER HYPOCRITE! GO BACK TO SCHOOL AND Learn HOW TO READ. SO WHEN YOU QUOTE SOMETHING FROM THE BIBLE YOU KNOW WHAT THE HECK YOUR TALKING Period. .

      • I must somewhat agree with you. God said, love the Sinner hate THE sin…treat everyone the same is what I believe in…..

    • I am having a hard time for direct letter. I agree with you. All these billions sending out for war in another country and we have food wàr here in America. Alot will go hungry funding another country. Congerss has to reevaluate their priorities

      • Yes and charity begins at home you always take your home first before you reaching out to help someone else that’s what the United States is not doing they’re always helping another country and here we are with nothing and then the other country turns on us and wants to have a war what kind of mess is that.

    • What’s embarrassing Paula is that you cannot spell the word embarrassed. You don’t understand how much everything costs these days it’s not the 1990’s anymore where things were easy! And the price of food pretty much everything was less and you could have a stay at home mom and a dad who works. Coming from a house owner with with three kids. One bring an infant. Formula is close to 30$ a can! For a small can! This helps us so much and helps to feed my kids and my husband and I both work! So who is being lazy in this situation? Who is using the government in this situation? Stop your stereotyping and start to think man I’m really blessed that I’m not on this program because it doesn’t work out that way for everyone sweet heart. And like I said I husband and I work FULL TIME TO PROVIDE FOR OUR CHILDREN AND ITS STILL NOT ENOUGH!!!!

    • The government does offer free English language education. You should take advantage of those services.

  3. I’m 65 and I only get 914. from s.s and my food stamps are 172 a month. How do I live on 172. a month. When I don’t have any money left on s.s. ? Live in Florida….

      • I agree… Ive had two heart attacks in the last year and 1/2 and im working for $8 an hour because i cant go over that and keep my medicaid which i need desperately…My snap benefits are dropping from $281 a month to $23!! How do they expect someone to live on that???? They did not cut Their Pay!!!

        • It doesn’t make sense. If we have billions to send to other countries to help them, then we should have the money to provide help for we, the people of the United States, who should come first! It’s like starving your own child, but feeding your next door neighbor’s child. Let’s take care of the needy here. The needy seniors. The disabled. The people who are just going through hard times who are really struggling and going through financial hardship. It’s good to provide for the kids summer lunches, but what about the rest of us? How much does $23 a month go, especially with food prices being the highest it’s ever been in history. To keep taking away programs and funds for the needy is wrong when billions are being sent to other countries to help them. I believe in helping others, but we don’t have billions to give if we cannot provide for the American people.

      • That’s a joke I only get 13.00…am very hungry and this is totally disgusting…I’m American…worked my whole life and because im.not working right now. And get 272.00 a week on unemployment….im.barely living…

  4. To the man “Mike”, who felt the rights of US born citizens should override the rights of “foreigner”, please. This world needs less bigots. This discussion was about food benefits ending. Not a discussion about borders. A stupid line drawn in the sand, depending on which side you are born on, should decide if a child goes hungry. Stop it. Would you want your child to cry because they are hungry? Not kind. I don’t care where you are born.

    • yall do nothing but keep me scared, its just me, i worked my hole life , and depend on this little,,, i was smart when we were geting extra, i bought can food, , and fruit , it was nice, to have ,

  5. My husband and I both have cancer, TX has decided we inly need $122 a month for food stamps, I am fully disabled and Social Security says my husband who has Stage 4 Cancer only gets SSI, between the 2 of us we live on less than 10k a YEAR. I know others who are fully capable of working but do not and get over $600 a month in food stamps, and don’t even get me started on the illegals coming over here having 3 or 6 kids and the moms saying I don’t know where baby daddy is and get over 2k a month in food stamps, free housing, free child care, and whatever else they can get but yet that baby daddy working somewhere getting paid under the table making 2 to 3 k a month or more and Americans who worked their butts off from 16 till whenever paid all that money into the govt and we are the ones who go hungry and homeless, call me a racist and I will invite you to my door to say it to my face. There are people who come here and start their own business and do not pay taxes for first 7 years and still get food stamps and free housing so again tell me why we as Americans who have busted a$$ working all of our lives be the ones to do without? My mom is 72 a widow and can’t get food stamps, but when my dad was alive omg they got a whole $16 dollars a month in food stamps. Oh and my mom and I are both Type 2 Diabetics, we can’t eat healthy be healthy with what little we get. How are we supposed to survive on what little we get from SS and then next to nothing or nothing in food stamps?

    • i am not positive about what it is for your state-but look into special needs programs based on your health.
      there are programs where you can get more SNAP benefits based on your health-if you have special diet requirements based on your health. your dr needs to fill out paperwork, and your husbands drs too….
      is there some kind of infoline in your state? also-contact the local govt in your town-sometimes there are funds/programs available thru your local govt that arent advertised….
      if i think of anything else i will reach out to you thru here-ok?
      i hope this info helps

    • I totally agree with everything you said. My husband is disabled and I’m retired after 50 years of working almost 50 -60 hours a week. I worked week ends and holidays without the benefits of overtime or holiday pay. Refugees, The Invaders, Illegals and the LAZY are being given what should belong to those of us who broke our backs making a home, food, medical care, schooling, taxes. Nobody gave us a damn thing except bills in our mailbox. I feel 100% like you and so do millions of other people. I’m furious seeing people in a checkout line, 4-5 kids hanging on the grocery cart, snott and dirty clothes, with boxes of cereal, junk food, frozen dinners for the kids while mama getting steak and lobster for her and whoever she hooks up with that day.

      • Wow, what judgement. People don’t decide if will live off fat of the land. With 5 children, could u imagine the cost of childcare? Even if u are from another planet, if u have children. We should feed. Ever sit at public assistance office for up to 4 to 5 hours w child in tow. And treated less than human. I am retired n pay taxes n get 23 in fstamps which ends with COLA. No sec 8 or senior, disabled home. Am disabled. People from other countries should be allowed to work and pay taxes, as they await citizenship. U should see living conditions of the poor.

    • Hello, Gypsy…you are 1000% right! How dare the government say they’re cutting food stamp allotments to those who had an increase in SS benefits, I mean that money that my mom receives pays for all the bills and there’s absolutely nothing left for her to buy herself food! Even our Section 8 voucher program was raised $200 more on our rent so how are we supposed to afford food? I work part time as a nurse and my money goes toward my bills plus whatever I can help my mother pay, so I don’t have enough either in food stamps, especially since our diets are different so I hope the new congress as of 2023 makes better decisions for the benefits of us AMERICANS and excuse me for saying this but…to hell with the illegals that are coming here, taking everything from us and ruining our country! None of them look like they were starving coming over the border but that’s another time for another conversation, so all I’ll say is that they must’ve been eating pretty damn good in their poorer countries and they’re getting $2,000 in benefits?! Unbelievable! I wish you the best for you and your family!

    • Lol, you should look into it very carefully before you start talking. ILLEGALS DONT GET HELP!! They only get help if there kids are born in the US. Also the ones that claim there baby daddy’s are missing are girls born in the US. So your right let’s not get started with this discussion because you are going to loose. And maybe you should be so judgmental and prey to GOD that you and your husband get over cancer. I KNOW ALOT OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE CANCER AND STILL WORK!!!!

      • Maybe you should pay more attention these people are telling it like it is. You do not know what you are talking about. I am married to a Mexican woman we did her greencard we bust our butts we dont drive a $100,000 truck and suv live in a $800,000 house and collect $3,000 a month in snap. We know we see it we did 2022 taxes paid in $4200 in federal these people are getting back $22,000 talk your BS you must be one of them .

      • you can apply on the Ohio medicade website for food card.
        Good luck, they are not answering phones in the Xenia Ohio office.
        I tried several times last week, I know they are closed today.

  6. State of Iowa took away the emergency allotment for food stamps. Food banks are having trouble keeping up with the over whelming number of people needing food. Our Governor Reynolds does not care. People are going homeless. Shelters are over flowing at the seams. What has our Governor Reynolds done for Iowan? Beside take the help people need away. I would love to know what she used the money for the rescue plan. She hasn’t help any Iowans.

    • Sorry to hear. I am 85 and now in CT where I live the additional SNAP benefits ends this month February 2023. I live on Social Security and will get $146.00 each month in SNAP benefits. That would not buy food here for 1 week let alone a month.
      I feel for the people of UKRAINE but we are spending MILLIONS on them while seniors here in the US starve.

      • Actually, the United States is spending not millions, but billions to help other countries. But they keep cutting programs for the most needy in America. The people here who are financially struggling the most. We should come first.

  7. I’m 68 yrs old worked until I was 66 with bad back spasms for last 3 yrs of work but not qualif for being disabled now I’m on social security of 1,800 a month which I know is a lot more then a lot of people but I also have a 800 a month mortgage 2,000 prop tax bill 300 a month electric bill living in New England and car insurance, water bill , only internet can’t afford tv and I can’t get any help because my social security is to much and 170 taken out for medicare part B which I’m going to have to cancel soon and just not go to the doctor anymore I can’t go back to work by back can’t take it anymore, so I pay my bills set in pain and eat very little and Just to think I couldn’t wait to retire, can’t afford to go anywhere do anything and have about 20 left to buy food half way though the month

  8. It’s really disgraceful how they don’t clearly explain that in many if not most states, for those over 60 or disabled, if their income is below 200% of the federal poverty level then they have no maximum asset limit for SNAP. As far as I know from researching it today, the only US state where that’s clearly stated in plain English on their SNAP website is California. Because of that, I missed out on 7 years of SNAP and a $9.95 a month internet plan that I was paying full price for and lost around $7,500 or more in benefits over that time period, including the $250 minimum monthly benefit most single people got during the pandemic (it was discontinued in my state) until I finally figured it out today.

    • And my full price internet plan was $75 a month including renting a modem that’s free with the $9.95 a month plan. That’s something people should keep in mind when they don’t get a lot in food stamps, that you can get discounts on internet service, 1/2 price Amazon Prime membership, etc.

        • If you have a foodshare card you automatically qualify for Prime at half price.I been paying half price for over a year and it’s a godsend.Especially when it’s, at times, very difficult to get out due to mobility issues.Also, check on the free trial for WalMart Plus.(free shipping directly to your door & curbside pickup are most convenient!) It’s only 30 days but EVERYTHING and ANYTHING that can help nowadays!Also, in some areas, Medicare Advantage Plans help with “Healthy Food” and “OTC” Benefits so definitely look into those.In my area, if you go to the local Aging & Disability Resource Center(ADRC) and set up an appt. they can go over EVERY little thing you qualify for and again, nowadays ANYTHING HELPS!Good luck & hope this helps some as well as finds you safe and healthy!

        • You have to sign up your SNAP card on their membership page. Once they send you a verification for your PIN number, they’ll cut your Prime membership in half and also you can then use your card for eligible SNAP items!!

    • I’m a retired Social Worker, CSW. On food stamps now because stuff happens. :(. I used to help people apply for benefits. It was an unfair mess back then – much worse now. Even the convoluted application process is difficult for a lot of people with very limited resources and little ability to self advocate. I got mail saying I was dropped from the program because I missed an interview call, spent hours and hours on hold with DHS trying to reschedule it (I’d sent the redetermination form with all sorts of scanned required document in on time) because of a massive red tape call center overload mess on their end. I sent emails to state and local offices, and finally got the (unscheduled) call. I was in the bathroom and had to scramble frantically to get to the phone just in time. Easy to understand what happened to people who don’t have a working cell phone, or are unable to get on a (VERY buggy and complicated) computer website, or figure out how to send scanned documents, etc.. Soon they’ll be ending the pandemic SNAP payments, which actually helped, and I’ll be back down to about enough to buy 4 days worth of cheap food again, anyway. They ostensibly make it all so difficult to avoid fraud, we get that, but all Social Workers also know that feeding poor people and getting disabled people adequate support, etc., etc., isn’t anyone’s top campaign slogan. It’s hard and unfair on purpose. The elderly get hit hardest. Bad stuff isn’t supposed to happen to us if we worked hard. It does though, even in a blue, blue state like mine.

  9. amen its been nice getting the emergecy alottment but now its going to be hard living on 20 a month why they took them away when gas and groceries has went sky high but maybe will get by.

    • My husband and I only get 195 dollars a month for food. I don’t know how we can budget in this economy on that amount of money.

      • Well me and my wife only receive $53 a month on our Food Stamps this a load of ! How in the hell are we supposed to make it on that! Yet illegals are over here drawing $600 to $700 a month or more because they keep popping out children! I’m not saying people/children shouldn’t eat but they are over here illegally and didn’t pay into the system like the rest of us has! And they’re able to draw more in FS then most of us are! So me and my wife go hungry alot of times because we no longer have children so why are we being punished! And they wonder why most Americans despise illegals it’s nothing to do with being racist it’s because of this ! And no wonder why American Parents have resorted to stealing they have to worry about feeding their families while illegals get to eat high on the hog! There’s a special place in hell for these agencies doing this to us!

        • The fact that you are applying for or receiving SNAP has no bearing on your immigration status. You sound ignorant and need to do some reasarch before you post incorrect, hate-filled messages. Every individual has to comply and meet the programs criteria. So if someone is getting more food stamps than you are receiving, then they are in need of more assistance. Then you justify theft as if it’s ok or not as worse than someone receiving more assistance. It’s people like you that’s serperating and tearing down this country.
          WAKE UP AMERICA and change the ignorant.

        • What a narrow minded response. I wonder why you ONLY receive $53 a month. Guess you should be an illegal then. Do you research before you write or speak.

        • No foreigner should be helped above any American citizen. If foreigners want to become American citizens they need to do it the proper legal way. Correct me if im wrong but it takes 7 years for a foreigner to become an American citizen. Just walking across the southern border doesn’t give any person the rights that home born Americans get to have. Your right my fellow American, you and your wife should be the ones get the $600-$700 a month for food.

        • I see your points very clearly. I wish that I had an answer for you. It has really gotten to the point that skipping a meal everyday and being so careful at the supermarket. I myself have a specific diet that I need to follow. It’s either follow the diet or, be in a lot of pain.

        • Don’t you dare speak for me. I get $40 a month in food stamps, can’t afford anything. I get a whole $800 in disability benefits each month. I usually have about $40 left after I pay my bills. For the month. But I’m not so low, so fucking selfish and racist as to say it’s because of immigrants. It’s because politicians don’t give a shit about poor people. Blaming immigrants is the oldest, lamest, most ignorant response ever. Take a look in the mirror, you suck.

        • I agree. it’s disgusting there taking away all of our food stamps who can live on $23 a month we can’t get out and work if we’re disabled this country has went to shit excuse my French I don’t understand how they can sit back and let this happen as it is people worry do I pay my rent or eat this month and now they’re gonna do this . How can they sleep at night?

        • You realize that a social security number is required to get assistance, right? Illegals don’t have social security numbers, so how are they getting all this assistance you claim they’re getting??

        • I get 1196 dollars on disability I got a raise. I was getting 1101 dollars with the raise me and my wife are disabled she has applied for disability now we got 279 in food stamps now it dropped to 179 that’s took a 100 dollars off food stamps and my raise is only 95 dollar how you take any 100 away and give me 95 back and inflation food everything has gone up but they don’t go up on income for food stamps they taking away more than the raise and still do no changes to food stamps and now we worse than we was wow government got there raises but we get a raise and they taking all our benefits we need to protest this cause if there is any conspiracy its in the government look at all presidents vice presidents they all in trouble now they crooked we need to protest about it it’s wrong and to my utility company try to steal my stimulus money for power I confronted theme they said you don’t go by your power bill I said what since I was a kid my mom went by the power bill I said I’ve never heard such and 2weeks later they put the stimulus money back on my power bill now I cought theme stilling stimulus money so I didn’t go any further I was going to go to low income help for power gas called that help pay power and heat lihmp but I didn’t I should have tell me something have you ever heard that you don’t go by your power bill me either now Biden gave the governor in your state permission to give more stimulus to help governor McMaster in south Carolina said no when other governor states gave stimulus money now inflation went up 4 times higher I never thought I never see eggs 25 dollars ham 8 something something got to be done now if your husband get SSDI and wife gets ssi your wife don’t get the 914 ssi payment she gets only 195 dollars how in the hell you get that.

      • Try $23 a month!!! With the prices of food nowadays we seniors will be starving! This is when we should be living our best lives but we can’t. This new Congress is just as bad as the old one! Why is it they always want to cut Social Security and Medicare, when they don’t have to worry they’ll get paid regardless. I’d love to see some of these social workers when they retire!

        • $23 is the minimum SNAP payment (for 1 or 2 person households) and I agree is way too little to live on. Equivalent to 5 basic coffee’s at Starbucks

    • 7/25/22 If only the comments on this site could be sent to EVERY Congressperson & Pres Biden & VP Harris with the assurance they would actually READ THEM. The ppl who make the laws are ALL WEALTHY & are waaaaay out of touch with most Americans. From my perspective, MOST Americans are actually very low income, very poor or in actual
      poverty. IMO, 90% of America’s problems are based upon unacceptably low wages & unbridled capitalism & corporate greed. most ppl live “hand to mouth.” Due to substandard wages, 1 emergency can destroy both single ppl & familirs – in spite of both adults working! If ppl had a MONTHLY LIVING WAGE INCOME ($30/HR MINIMIM WAGE!!!) & there was also a mandatory MONTHLY BASIC UNIVERSAL INCOME in place ($2500-$3000/mo) for those who temporarily can’t work & rents/mortgages were fixed to be at no more than 30% for 2 or more who make less than $80,000/yr & a single person who makes less than $40,000/yr … maybe ppl could sleep at night without a black cloud constantly over them & actually enjoy life!
      And don’t get me started on the cruel joke known as Soc Sec – SSD or SSR. Americans should get the HIGHEST WAGE THEY EVER MADE AS THEIR MONTHLY BENEFIT or the BASIC UNIVERSAL INCOME AMOUNT – whichever is greater! America is the only country I’m aware of that punishes it’s chronically I’ll & disabled (SSD recipients 18-65) & it’s senior retirees ( SSR recipients 66-100+). I’ve known so many Americans who were middle class when working & then went right into instant poverty the minute they got their very FIRST Social Security check! MY wealthy aunt & uncle were such persons & my middle class parents also were subjected to this. Since 1999, I am also such a perso.. NOT HAPPY! I’ve been forced to avail myself of EVERY possible social aid: a tax credit apt where I only pay 30% of my income towards rent,(Section 8 Program is dead in CA), Medi-Cal as my secondary payer & of course SNAP. The only way I can barely make ends meet is to BORROW MONEY from a payday loan place EVERY MONTH! In CA the limit is only $255 per month.
      Not enough!! If I could borrow up to $500 EVERY MONTH, I’d have money left over for the many many things that I’ve had to neglect & let go that need fixed or repairing. I could SAVE for emergencies & maybe have some money to go out & have a little fun. You know, like normal ppl who are lucky enough to have a living wage income! And … I could actually sleep at night without so much financial STRESS! IMO, since 2003, America has become a country only for the wealthy.

      • I totally agree! Me and my husband are both disabled to do no fault of our own and we get about $2300 a month. We can’t get food stamps or Medicaid BECAUSE WE’RE MARRIED…..We make $500 too much a year. But if we were separated we could EVERYTHING….We have been married for 40 years and thinks it’s wrong to treat us like that but the girl who gets pregnant out of wedlock has the Government kissing her ass and she gets anything she wants…Do you think something is wrong here

        • Now this is what makes me angry. Just because you are married should not be a reason to punish you! Just say that a single person earns 1, 500 a month and gets 100$ a month for food. Then a married couple earning 3,000 a month should get 200$ for food. These are just figures I pulled out of my head. The point is that married people should be able to get double than a single person does if they make the same money. I hope I have made my point.

      • The sad truth is politicians really do not care about their constituents. It has always been about enriching themselves. As far as illegal migrants go…I do not fault any looking for a better life if that is truly the case. With the border wide open you just have to follow the money. Does anyone really believe that individuals in our government are not also making money on this as well as the cartels?
        If many in power were not profiting from this it would not be happening. As for the average amercan
        footing the bill, our government could care less.

      • Yes she is right we pay taxes all our life immigrants get tax free and grants to buy business we can’t why you suck lady yes they need to pay taxes from day one period and it’s politics republican and democrats they all are wrong the president gives all our money to other countries witch is why we are in so much debt billions gave to most countries are from us that’s why we can’t get out of debt period I vote for no one because money and people are evil they like for you to think they helping you but obviously they not and it’s other faring people to gets grants and buy gas station and charge us more for our products they charge you to use your debit card this Mexican that lives across the street runs his mouth about the government well go home to Mexico where you belong.

    • I’m in PA. I worked until unable for multiple health issues. My SSDI is 1,600/mo. You’d think I make six figures. I appreciate any/all I get, but I agree with everyone’s post so far. I’ve changed from my liberal ways. The world has changed. If we can’t take care of our elderly and sick, we shouldn’t be giving handouts to others coming into this country. I never received or took handouts until I was homeless. AND I worked and paid into social security, so it’s not a handout. I worked through many health issues, when others wouldn’t have. The emergency food allotment was a blessing. Now, it will be cut and I’ll receive a whole $16/mo or so. The increase in cost of EVERYTHING has increased and the COLA has not even come close to catching up!! I don’t do anything or go anywhere. People don’t understand when they suggest I do things for my health, that almost everything costs money. It gets very depressing. I don’t like to complain. I know many have it worse. I pray for everyone struggling here.

  10. I totally agree my mom elderly and there’s some young folks never worked And are able bodied want work, but get more benefits.i think the system is a mess they need to look at each case with reasonable ethics.peaple are hurting to feed their families and each case is different.they need immediate help.

    • You are so right!!! I am 63 with custody of my 5 grandchildren I fight every day for something. I get food stamps and insurance for them,but as far as anything else I cant get help with like housing..The system is broken…good luck to yr mom

      • Income limits need to go up too. My husband and I did nothing different, but inflation caused mortgage, taxes, insurance, food, ect, to raise to unaffordable amounts. Now trying to feed 7 people on $80 dollars a month!? But our income is “too high” to get any help. Can those who got an extra grand a month in snap benefits, durring pandemic, sell some food to us? We’re starving

        • Hello there. If your income is too high to get any help it sounds like you need to decrease your bills. A person can down size and live on alot less than you think. Modern conveniences like cable tv…internet and cell phones can be done away with and this will reduce your monthly expenses but may not be as fun. I was in the same situation. Once I sat down and figured up my bills I realized that I was living above my means with the prices going up. I also had a friend who was also struggling move in with us and she helps with bills. It is not my ideal way to live but things are getting bad and the main thing is food shelter and clothing for our families right now. Pull out those dvds and board games…spend more time as a family. Buy in bulk and cook meals at home instead of eating out. It sucks but its only going to get worse unfortunately.

        • Check out ACP programs for internet, tv, and phone I think xfinity is participating. If you are receiving snap you qualify. One less bill.

      • We should be going after these people in offices in government these peoples tell us there’s is not any money the United States have a lot of money, if they stop these peoples from steal money than everyone can live comfortably it not the snap benefits it these steal big politicians in offices why do you think they letting the rates going up and food so high they can stop this they want it seem to you even to pay these companies to bill your bills, and late charges car insurance you them all this money when you have an accident they don’t want to pay you, these the peoples we should be going after not the poor peoples who food stamps and financial aid they want force these things,not the billionaires that sent all money over sea to banks,let poor peoples along go after big who really take from us,

    • Mary, I agree with you 100%! Our elderly population should not have to worry where their next meal is coming from. I wish cases could be done 1 by 1 rather than being all grouped together. The needs of the elderly are different than those of most younger who are able bodied.

  11. Food is up 40% (2022) SNAP is up 1.19 per day.
    Slap in the face so they can say benefits were increased!
    Do they base the cost of living on the price of lemons?
    My rent went from $800mo to $1700mo since the pandemic.

      • It is an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card, which works like a debit card. Benefits are automatically loaded into your account each month. You can use your EBT card to buy groceries at authorized food stores and retailers.

  12. I have hud and I am on a fixed income and only get 45 dollars in foodstamps but that is still not enough after I pay my bills and get my household items I am broke.

    • Me too but mine 38.00 a month and and I have maybe 20.00 left after my rent and Bill’s have a car but can’t buy gas to get to pantries n am disabled can’t walk that far so hard since my husband passed last November n a

      and social security said because I get 866.00 per month on my SSI Iouldn’t get widows pay or survivor benefits after a 40 yrs marrige Really?

      • I would go back to the social security and have them review your case. I’m in Texas, my husband also passed last November from his battle of Colon Cancer. And here they give you out of both the one that would pay you the higher income. So if you’d get more from widow benefits. You should, now that’s a SHOULD!, let you take that one that pays more. Sadly we’re NOT, able to get BOTH‼️ GOOD LUCK

        • Tina is 100% correct. If whomever had the higher amount has passed, then their spouse is supposed to receive the higher amount. Please make an appointment as soon as possible. No one in this world is ever offered anything. You have to ASK . Ask what you are entitled too. Sad to say but, these resources do not just come to you.

    • I hear you on that o e. My husband and I get $19.00 also. All you can buy is milk, bread, eggs, butter. But it’s gone in 2 weeks. We are both on said too. Let them but food in 19 a month and see what happens. Wish it was more.

  13. Andy, the 15% is not part of Stimulus Package, it’s due biden signing an executive order in which he adds along with 15%., that Americans have the right to retain their food assistance benefits if they refuse a job opportunity that carries a risk to their health. It contains additional assistance measures aimed at military veterans and calls for the establishment of an interagency structure to coordinate benefit programs for Americans in need.

  14. I get 16.00 a month snap benefits a every year they take a little more way from them when the COLA goes in effect. So by ext year I will be ineligible. My supplemental allotment will be reduced due to getting $600 stimulus. So my stimulus is really $400!

    • I get 24.00 a mth applied in Nov but my question is thought there was to be xtra help now in jan thought maybe they would this month but nada and I get 800 amth on ssdi! everyone told me with virus I should of got a wee bit more i understand folks get xtra on unemployment yes I got the stimulus which all went to bill spectrum is out of control I could buy a brand new car for what I pay a mth there (need it due to my medical) should NY Snap retro for the month of nov and dec the xtra? snap? and God bless everyone…just hope gov understands yes I haven’t loss income but prices have sky rocket I cant keep up and the cost of living raise was like 10 dollars wow and now wages are gonna go up to 15.00 hr! well I am proverty! always seems to be over looked and wish I could work but due to my heart and legs I can’t disabilty sucks! I worked since I was 16 became disabled age 49 and had to fight for it took 5 years! And didnt get paid for those years I had to wait they took like 5 mths away

    • Yes $16.00 a month is an insult. On disability due to cancer for the third time..High deductible for insurance chemo radiation etc. Housing costs go up but they said to fill out my renewal for 2021 and the answer remains the same $16.00 a month is what I get. No medicaid in Florida. Paying $148.00 a month for MediCARE and that has a deductible plus RX’s what a joke

      • Have you looked into the Medicare Savings Program? All states have access to it. Under that the state pays for your Medicare Premium. There are income and asset requirements for it though. States also all do tend to have a Share of Cost program to access Medicaid as well. You should also apply for Extra Help for your prescriptions, that would greatly help. The income and asset requirements are higher for that program so it would be easier to get. Also for the Medicare Savings Program, it is 3 months retroactive from the application, so you can get some of that money back.

        • Yes I looked into help with paying Medicare Part B I make too much on social security disability which is not right either but thank you

        • Yes I did look into it (good thought by the way) but they said I am not eligible I make too much on SSDI ha

  15. Hello I just want to say that my husband and I have 4 kids and before the pandemic we had a hard time putting food on the table and with the extra pandemic food help we been able to get extra so we feel very blessed
    But we haven’t got any more and wish they would give more in desperate need of them.

  16. I am disabled and on forced retirement. I was getting 16.00. I kept reapplying till they gave me 32.00. I pay ful! Rent. I keep checking out HUD and section 8 but that could takes years to get. Plus to apply you must go to one site then another then another one etc… I have gotten more money since April or May. We’re supposed to get another add on this month by the 11th. I haven’t gotten it, did anyone else not gotten the additional money this m ok nth?

    • I am praying if you all don’t mind for each and everyone of you all struggling. I know how it feels to try your hardest and still can’t get right. Especially now. God bless all of you. Wish I could do more.

    • Apply for section 8 housing help. It took 2 years but I finally got it. Then find a landlord that will accept it. So you don’t have to live in a housing project. There are some out there who will do it.

    • Some people are elderly and depend on snap to support their eating habits. I completely understand not giving to the ones that can work and won’t work.

    • you dont support anyones eating habits but your own in fact…. SNAP is actually funded by farmer taxes. unless you own a farm………………… #educationiseverything

    • If u want food stamps stop complaining and quit your job, sign up for food stamps your problem is solve, and you must be talking about your family eating habit that you supporting, dont try put burden on us, tell ur family help out simple as that

    • One day you may just be in that position so needless to say we are all Americans and we all have paid “into” the system so I will add this.Count your blessings right now and god forbid you might just have to ask for help and swallow your pride!!

    • I felt the same way I work so hard to pay for others who are welfare mama nad dead beat dads..well guess what Im on them now my ssd check is 800 im 66 and still work .my food stanps were 470..and month before 375,were all needed help one time in our lifes.dont put humans down ,ive learned the back door way

  17. I lived in Northern Mn ..I get a $772 social security check monthly ..as of October I got a increase in my food support to $100…COVID Virus Help I get a extra $107 from.the state of Mn …I pay rent, Utilities and CABLE services and my internet only cell.phone (.no computer )….I’m 73..$207 is a blessing to me ..but I dont drive so I have to pay transportation to and form the groceries stores ..IM THANKFUL each day I’m alive Blessings to all of u

    • I get 779 but pay 142 medical so I get 648 but my 92 year old rich mother helps me alot nd I help her.so im doing fine ,my dog dead so now im utterly alone.


    I think its great that the government wants to support families. Lets not forget about seniors and disabled as well need help. Further, this has to be said it is very disrespectful and saddening to think that anyone besides a family should only get $16.00 a month food stamps!. This makes no sense and i ask you welfare, what is this helping??. A person must climb hills then mountains to get help and then $16.00 not enough to even provide help. Probably buy 3 things provided you don’t live in California. Why don’t people on low income and disability deserve some real help??. $40.00 a minth thats help!!. $16.00 a month is a smack in the face and very insulting!!. Thank you. bye.

    • You are absolutely positively correct. I am one of those seniors and on disability given $16.00 a month, it is an insult.

    • I understand actually what you mean. I’m a prime example of the “$16 food recipient.I’m 69 yrs. retired. I have basic bills like many retired people. I couldn’t believe when I saw the amount. Thanks to COVID-19 ,I’m getting a bit more. I’m sure there are more out there.

    • I know I only get $19 in food stamps I’m in Sacramento CA I get SSI also but we are homeless and 19 doesn’t really help lateshamuch

  19. no you do not need a address to get food money i now alot of people the live under the bridge thay all get more then all of you and showers food thay get alot so dont say thay need a address no thay dont i now because my twins are there thay dont get food stamps thay wore giving blankets and the cops went and quarantine them down there, im sorry for use if i could help all of you i wood i dont have much but i could try

  20. I’m 61 years old and i get 16.00 a month with snap. I’m also on Disability 700.00 the closest grocery store is 40 mins from my house and i currently can Not drive do to glaucoma in my right eye and i definitely Can Not Afford to go to an eye doctor. On top of that I’m now dealing with a 229.00 last month water bill and 301.00 this month water bill. I’ve had ti find a Plummer that will come out where I live to check for any leaks Nothing Not even under the house completely dry. The water co put new meters in Not Sure if the Error is on there end or what. But i Can Not Afford a 300.00 water bill. My power bill is 98.00 with 2 air conditioners going.. I can’t afford to by food and 16.00 a month is Crazy. What can a person by for 16.00 besides 1 gal milk a box of cerial, can coffee for mornings and powder creamer. That Pretty much takes up my 16.00 and that’s shopping at family dollar that’s all i have here where i live.. closest store is 40mins away i won’t drive with the one eye.. My Case worker saud my snap would go up if i got house ins. I CAN’T AFFORD HOUSE INSURANCE NOT WITH OUTRAGEOUS MONTHLY BILLS I PAY.. PROPANE ISN’T CHEAP EITHER. EVERYBODY HAS AN ANSWER BUT NOT A SOLUTION!! YES AND I’VE ALSO WORKED 48 YEARS OF MY LIFE. AND A SINGLE MOTHER TOO.. I’M STRUGGLING MORE NOW BY MYSELF. THEN WHEN I WAS SINGLE RAISING A KID ALONE. OUR GOLDEN YEARS HUH!!!

    • I want you to know that I am right there with you. I am in exactly the same position as you. 60 years old with no vehicle what so ever. Severe rheumatoid arthritis and many other health problems. Cannot get help from anyone ! Worked for about 40 something years. My social security will not pay my bill’s and not enough for food and groceries. Also stopped going to doctors. Cannot travel and cannot afford any doctor bill’s or co-pays. My groceries are delivered by Walmart. I have fewer options every day. The only thing that keeps me going is I tell myself that there are people in the world that have a lot less than we do. Thank You for letting me know that I’m not the only one in this position. Others don’t understand. I have helped others my whole life and now I need help and I get nothing. I live in the cheapest state of Mississippi and I cannot afford it here. Ben

      • I’m 65 live alone and live on 860 s month food is so high and always out of things so many times I have been closed inside my house so how can I feed myself on 16 dollars a month I need to ky what I can get to make this work

    • Move, why are you paying so much, my aprtment is HUD Supported and i pay $400 in rent and $30 light bill, that is all, if you are disabled, you should be getting Medicare and Medicaid to pay for you doctor bills !

    • Diane I agree with you. I was on SSI and received 700.00 a month. I hate to tell you but when I turned 62 I lost disability and I was made to go to retirement. I believe you can apply to your state for EBT and Medicaid. I called Lansing. EBT can be supplied by the state government and federal government. You could also get more EBT that way. Call your congressman, they can help or get more info for you.

  21. I’m got $157.00 plus $37.00 in Food Stamps. The $157.00 I believe is from the Federal government and the $37.00 is state. I have a app that show my balance and future deposit and of last week it was showing $37 for my Food Stamp deposit for 08/10 today. Well then I checked my balance it showing $194.00 a $157.00 deposit and a $37 deposit totaling $194. I just receive Food Stamp couple months ago and my monthly payment amount is $37.00. I wonder how long this will last, with the second stimulus package up in the air.

  22. I get $48 per month in food, I’m in my 60s and am unable to work anymore. But I would if I were physically able. So it comes down to do I eat and pay for my prescriptions, or pay my utilities? I don’t eat extravagantly, I tend to eat a lot of biscuits and gravy and things like that. I’ve come to the point of not eating at all for one or two days a week. Not a great diet plan. I started working and paying taxes in 1972, and worked continuously for the next 45years. How can I be treated this way? And to think, I’m better off than some other seniors. How very, very sad.

  23. homeless people get about $194.00 food stamps, free cell phone, free medical, free meals at churches,etc. they have no refrigerator,no cupboards and no means to cook meals. they couch hop at friends houses, free again, they squad on abandoned houses. what a free ride!! sad, elderly are neglected with $16.00 food stamps.

      • No, you do not need a permanent address. Homeless people can get food stamps and other benefits. Many of them are too mentally ill and abused and shell shocked to access help.

      • not true they can use there friends address or a general mailbox at the post office. California is so screwed up as a college student i have to work 20 rhrs a week or I am not eligible for snap. So srew me cause im trying to better myself and get a education, no wonder all these welfare recipeints dont do nothing

        • Their friends are homeless too. A lot of them don’t have friends or family or both. Not that simple cut and dry. If they had friends and family they wouldn’t be that homeless what friend or family let their love one be homeless unless they have been arrested or doing drugs. Like I said not that cut and dry.

      • No you don’t. Ex son-in-law was homeless off and on for 2,3 years and received $200 a month here in Kansas and last 3 years because he lost his ID they have paid for him an apt. and pay his utilities. He gets $200 in food stamps and they take him to pantries to get more food. All he has to do is report to them once a month. They were supposed to help him get his ID so he could work or apply for disability.

  24. Senior citizens only getting $16.00 a month, it is a disgrace. We should be getting at $100.00 a month, so we could buy more nutritious meals

    • I did appreciate the extra food stamp money, I only get 17.00 a month and never was able to buy meat or fresh veg. until my benefit was increased , my widows benefits is well below the poverty level. Now they stopped the extra benefit and I will have to find a food bank to go to. I am 70 years old and scared to get out in the public because of the virus. I hope the state of MS can see a way to help the elderly get the benefits we need.

    • It has been so nice receiving $194 a month for food stamps instead of $16 mo… It is hard to believe that for most seniors like myself, $16 is all the government can spare. I am 75 years old and am renting a bedroom in m ex-husband’s house because I can’t afford an apartment of my own and I really shouldn’t be alone because I am on a walker and also am a fall risk. fortunately we stayed friends after the divorce in 1990 and became business partners from 1995 until 2009. He is letting me rent a bedroom for only $150 mo. with kitchen privileges. I thank God we are friends every day. I don’t know what I would do otherwise. I am thankful that I am not living under a bridge somewhere, and I have worked as a legal secretary, manager of an art gallery in Boca Raton, Florida, owned my own property management business for 15 years and now in my old age I am poor again. So many of us are having these issues and even much worse. We should all move to Japan where they honor their seniors and not throw them crumbs to eat.

      • When I first began to investigate why my benefit was going back to $16.00 a month I encountered confusing formulas hard to reach personnel to ask questions, or getting disconnected from chat and finally a hearing request which then prompted a call from a screener who checks to see if DCF made a mistake in their calculations if they did would they ever admit or fix it) I doubt it. It is done on purpose I believe, to have you so frustrated and tired that you simply give up and go away. There was a time in my life I would ever just give up, but now at 60 and having cancer four times I simply don’t have the stamina like I used to. I have SSDI and just recently was forced to take Medicare Part B and no I cannot get help for those premiums and SSDI is too much for me to qualify for various programs every time I try I hit a brick wall and am told you are not eligible. Like someone else said it comes down to deciding on your health or food. That is pretty sad.

        • Call your congressman. They may be able to help you. Calling your caseworker doesn’t work because they do not call back.

  25. A promise is a promise Mr. Govenor. This increase really, really helped the seniors that only get around $42. a month. We don’t get a $600. check weekly. So this increase in April really gave us a chance to have real food instead of soup and crackers. Enjoy your steak and Lobster Mr. Governor.

    • I feel they give the wrong ones full benefits the people laying up having all the babies get hundreds and thousands of dollars snap and the seniors only get 15.00 to 16.00 to eat off we are the ones that have worked 30 and 40 years and 16.00 is all we get i think at least 75.00or 100.00 would be better, just think about it Mr Govenor

    • this helped so much when the increase came. i only get 16 dollars a month in food stamps because im told i get too much money. ha. wish i knew where it was. this extra has been a blessing.

    • Lobster? What’s that? It used to be my go to dish when I was in my 30s. Now at 75 I haven’t had a lobster in I can’t remember how long. years and years. I can’t even afford to go to a restaurant any more! I really sucks to be a senior in this day and age with the average house selling for over $200k. and the average rent at around $1,200 mo. There is no way we could ever catch up with the economy. And it gets worse every year!

  26. snap food stamps taken away month of may in full because they added $600 stimulus weekly payments to income! What a letdown in these economic hard times of being unemployed with only $78 weekly + $600. cant get ahead in these trying times! Beware SNAP recipients. You will not qualify for food stamps wth the $600 weekly stimulus payment! This is not fair at all !!!!!

    • Your getting $2700 a month for not working and your complaining about not getting food stamps? If your reg unemployment is only $78 a week your making way more not working. There are a lot of people out there with way less than you. Count your blessings

      • Exactly ! Where do people like that come from. Wish I was getting $600 week. I get $1300 month. Sometimes have to wait up to 32 days to get my next check. Worked my ass off for 40 years and now disabled and over 60 with no help from anyone ! No vehicle and pay $350 month rent and I know that I am better off than a lot of people in this world. People that have never even owned a pair of shoes and we are complaining. SPOILED AMERICANS….Congress could do more but they never do.

  27. Maybe Mitch McConnell should be remembered of the benefits he received at a young age to help with his medical problems, I do believe it was polio? He should also be reminded his state, has the highest by county welfare roles in the country.

  28. Hello we are a family if 6 in Michigan. We receive SNAP benefits even before Covid-19. Their Father works full time and I’m self employed. 3 of our 4 children are (were) in school and therefore eat about 1/2 of their meals/food at school for free with the free/reduced lunch program. Since March 12th they have been home 24/7. Therefore are eating here more than they ever have, on top of the fact they are bored and eating more lol. So our weekly grocery shopping total has tripled. But luckily for us Lapeer Community schools has came together and is handing out lunches daily to all the kids (that receive free and reduced lunch) here in Lapeer County. And that’s parent teachers the National Guard volunteers. Passing food out In a drive thru like style. The unemployment!?! The stimulus checks?!?!? Wow we have been handed a lot and all for us to be able to survive!! This is
    Exactly what needed to happen quit complaining it’s wasn’t fast enough and what About XXX like come on we are blessed to be America citizens!! Does that mean every decision that was made was the best made one?? No because our government is also human and FYI cannot see the future. I’m grateful for everything that everyone has done. Keep it up!!!
    Grumpy….Judgy haters……imagine if u had to do this all on your own without any help from anyone….. Would u make it??? Your kids??

    • Yes I would. I’m 67 years old and making it on my own for more than 50 years . Making wise decisions in your life your life based on the circumstances will point you in the right direction . The rest up to you how much time energy and effort you want to spend to attain your goal. I never knew about food stamps or TAFNF or any of these things until I was in my 30’s then only because someone I knew applied. Truth be told I could hardly believe it.

  29. I think it’s messed up how people who are already getting the maximum amount of food stamps for there house hold can’t get them early I get them at the end of the month I have three kids home alday eating twice as much by the time I get my stamps there are no food left in the stores..

  30. I receive social security disability each month. i was previously enrolled in the NJ Work ability program which informed me I could earn a certain amount of extra income per month and additionally was placed on Medicaid until age 65 which also paid my part B Medicare. My question pertains to NJ unemployment. I have been working part time and have never exceeded the monthly income by social security law, this income helps me with living expenses such as groceries, gasoline, part B medicare, auto repairs, etc. The office where I work has closed down due to the Corona-19 virus. I work for a temporary agency, hired for the office. I receive no other compensation from the temporary agency. I work 16 hours @ week @ $19 per hour netting approx $980 per month. Am I able to file for NJ unemployment due to the office shut down? Thank you.

    • HI Maria ;0

      I am not sure about your state, but my Father lives in Colorado; he too is on social security, he is 70. He works one day a week and apparently he got the unemployment. I am also on ssi/ssd, I did not even know he could get unemployment while on ssi, but he did! So, while i cannot tell you Yes, I can say ‘my Father did’; check it into it!


    • Listen closely ! Don’t let them fool you…. This is a time of crisis with Covid 19. You should apply for Federal unemployment. Not just state. Trust me, I know. After Katrina wiped me out. I talked with a lady from FEMA in D.C. and she told me that during emergencies in your state or area. If you lose your job you can receive Federal unemployment as well as state. I did not qualify for Federal only because I was getting major FEMA assistance of $1,700 a month for food and living expenses.


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