The residents of Virginia will receive food stamp benefits within a few days. The department concerning social security will send out the payments to the eligible families. The government will issue the payments under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
More than 41.5 million SNAP beneficiaries across the state; the benefits aim to provide a financial cushion to low-income families. The US Sun reports that the government department on Wednesday confirmed that the beneficiaries would receive the amount through their Electronic Bank Transfer (EBT) cards on January 16. Each state distributes the payments on different dates and follows a different pattern.
Families Lying Within The Income Threshold Will Receive The Benefits
The households with a gross income up to 1.3 times the federal poverty line are eligible for the food stamp benefits. The threshold income for a single-person household is $12,880 at present, while that for a four-person home is $26,500.
The individuals can check the guidelines by visiting the US Department of Health’s website. The amount for families depends upon their native state. The New York residents will receive an extra $1,440 under the SNAP benefits; they will receive an additional $120 per month. Oregon’s residents will receive an additional $337 per year, $28 extra per month.
The Citizens Will Purchase Items Through EBT Cards
The families that qualify for the SNAP benefits get a card loaded beforehand. Individuals can buy essential and everyday food items through the card. The citizens purchase the products using an Electronic Card; more than 238,000 retail outlets across the US accept EBT cards.
The increase in Social Security benefits due to inflation will affect the SNAP benefits. The Social Security beneficiaries will receive a 5.9% hike in the COLA 2022 benefits, the highest in recent history. The US Sun reports that the Social Security recipients who exceed the threshold income limit will miss out on the SNAP benefits.
Various states apply for the SNAP programs through the US Department of Agriculture; they have to prove that the restaurants cannot meet the standards of food for the residents. The program enables individuals over 60, disabled individuals, and the homeless population to eat at cheap restaurants run by the government.