With America still in the middle of a cost of living crisis, individuals from low income households are becoming more reliant on welfare benefits such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
It is estimated that households are now spending up to 12.2 percent on grocery items than they were a year ago. While this represents the largest increase since 1979, the good news is that the United States federal government will also increase the maximum SNAP benefit for the year 2023 to represent a proportional response to the increased prices.
If you’re struggling to make ends meet and require financial assistance to procure groceries and food items for you and your family, applying for SNAP benefits might be a smart thing to do.
What is SNAP?
In short SNAP is a federal and state backed welfare program that aims to provide individuals with financial resources to procure food. Individuals who qualify for SNAP are issued Electronic benefit transfer cards (EBTs) with the funds loaded into these cards at the start of each month.
Who qualifies for SNAP?
The eligibility criteria varies from state to state but is usually determined by two key factors, income and household size.
For example in New York state an individual becomes eligible for SNAP if their gross annual income is less than 17,676 dollars. The threshold increases by another additional amount of approximately 6,000 dollars are made for each additional family member.
How to apply?
In order to apply you will need to gather the necessary documentation and use your state’s designated web portal to complete your application.
What happens during an interview?
Before you are deemed eligible the welfare office will most likely conduct a short interview.
The welfare worker conducting the interview will ask you a range of questions such as the total number of members in your household, your income, the resources at your disposal to ascertain your eligibility.