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Do I Qualify for Food Stamps?

You probably qualify for Food Stamps if you:
  • Have a qualifying income (see table below)
  • Are a U.S. citizen or qualified immigrant
  • Have $2,000 or less in resources, or $3,000 or less if someone in your household is elderly (60+) or disabled.
For example, if your family size is four and your household income is $2,421 or less per month, you’ll likely qualify for Food Stamps.

Please note: Income guidelines do not apply to households where someone is 60 or older OR disabled. Whether or not you qualify depends on your household expenses. Contact an EarnBenefits Counselor to see if you might qualify.

Food Stamps
family sizemonthly incomeannual income
1 $1,180 $14,157
2 $1,594 $19,123
3 $2,007 $24,089
4 $2,421 $29,055
5 $2,835 $34,021
6 $3,249 $38,987
7 $3,663 $43,953
8 $4,077 $48,919
for each additional person, add $414 $4,966

Look Out
Able-bodied adults between the ages of 16-60 who are not working when they apply for Food Stamps must register for work, accept an offer of suitable work, and take part in an employment and training program to qualify for the program.

Updated 10/01/2011