SNAP - Eligibility Information

The SNAP (formerly Food Stamps) Program is a Federal nutrition assistance program that supplements the food budgets of low income households in order to reduce hunger and improve nutrition and health.

To be eligible for SNAP benefits, households must pass an income limit test.

Household income cannot exceed the following:


Household Size

Monthly Income Limit*
















































Each Add’l


+ $414.00

+ $191.13

+ $95.54

* These limits do not apply to households that include an individual who:

  • is 60 years of age or older, or
  • receives Social Security Disability benefits, or
  • receives SSI benefits, or
  • receives 100% VA Disability benefits

Resources and Resource Limits:

Resources are no longer considered in determining SNAP Program eligibility for most SNAP applicants. Most households will be asked about their household's liquid resources, but will not be denied Food Stamp benefits due to their resources.

Liquid resources include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Cash on hand.
  2. Money in savings or checking accounts, including credit union accounts.
  3. Stocks or bonds, including U.S. Savings Bonds.
  4. Lump sum payments.

Non-liquid resources include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Recreational vehicles, including; boats, campers, snowmobiles, and ATVs.
  2. Buildings and land, except the household's primary residence.
  3. Any items purchased as an investment.

Exempt resources are liquid or non-liquid resources that are not counted. Exempt resources include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. The home and surrounding property.
  2. Household goods and personal effects.
  3. The cash surrender value of life insurance policies.
  4. One burial plot per household member.
  5. Tax-preferred Retirement and Education accounts

Work Requirements:

Certain able-bodied individuals, aged 16 - 59, must register for work, look for a job and accept suitable employment.

Citizenship Requirements:

Only United States citizens or certain non-citizens may qualify. Eligible non-citizens include, but are not limited to:

  1. Those aliens admitted as refugees and asylees.
  2. Persons lawfully admitted for 'Permanent Residence' after they have been here for 5 years or can be credited with 40 qualifying quarters of work.
  3. Any 'Qualified' alien receiving permanent disability assistance or who is under the age of 18.

Finger Imaging Requirements:

Applicants 18 years of age or older may need to be finger-imaged. The automated finger imaging system process uses a computer system that electronically takes a fingerprint quickly and easily. This system uses a photo image process, without ink or cards. The system will also take a digitized photo at the same time. If you refuse to participate in this mandatory program, your household's benefits may be denied or terminated. Finger imaging can be waived for many households.

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