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Food Stamps

Income Limits

The Food Stamp Program counts most types of income to determine if a household is eligible. A household must have a total gross monthly income less than or equal to 130% of the federal poverty level, and total net monthly income less than or equal to 100% of the federal poverty level to be eligible for food stamp benefits.

  • Gross monthly income means a household’s total income before excluding deductions allowed under the program.
  • Net monthly income means gross income minus allowable deductions.
  • Deductions are expenses that are subtracted from the household’s monthly gross income when determining eligibility and the amount of food stamp benefits that will be received monthly.

Elderly/disabled households only have to meet the net monthly income standard.

For October 1, 2009 through September 30, 2010, the monthly income limits are:

People in HouseholdGross Monthly IncomeNet Monthly Income
1$1174$903
2$1579$1215
3$1984$1526
4$2389$1838
5$2794$2150
6$3200$2461
7$3605$2773

 

To find out if you may be eligible to receive food stamps, you can complete the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Pre-screening Eligibility Tool.

See also the Food Stamps Qualification Flyer

 

If you have questions, call ACCESS toll-free at 866-262-9881, or e-mail ACCESS.