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51. How many food stamps a household gets each month

The amount of food stamps a household gets depends on how many people are in the household and how much monthly net income remains after taking allowable deductions. [7 C.F.R. § 273.10(d), 273.10(e)(1), 273.10(e)(2)(ii)(A); MPP §§ 63-502.3, 63-503.32.] In addition, households with minor children (or certain children under 19) who meet federal TANF work requirements can get a small supplemental benefit, under the WINS program.  ACL 13-71.

The county welfare department takes the maximum amount of food stamp benefits a household can get for the number of people in the household, and then deducts 30 percent of the household’s net income. [7 C.F.R. § 273.10(e)(2)(ii)(A); MPP § 63-503.32; ACIN I-45-07.]  As of September 2010, the current maximum monthly allotment for a two-person household is $367.00. [ACIN I-10-75E.]  This means that for every ten dollars of net income the household has, the food stamp office will reduce the food stamp allotment by three dollars.

Example: If the household’s net income is $100, the maximum monthly allotment of $367 (for a two-person household) will be reduced by $30, and the household will receive $337 in food stamps. If the household has no net income after subtracting allowable income deductions, it will get the maximum allotment. [See charts in ACIN I-75-10E (as of September 2010).]

If there are only one or two people in the household, the food stamp office will give it at least $10 in food stamps, if the household members qualify for food stamps at all. [7 C.F.R. § 273.10(e)(2)(ii)(C); MPP § 63-503.325(QR).]  Also, if the household has three or more people, and the food stamp allotment comes out to only $1, it will get $2. If eligible for $3, the household will get $4; and if eligible for $5, it get $6. [7 C.F.R. § 273.10(e)(2)(ii)(C); MPP § 63-503.325(QR).]

See the sections about how to calculate the monthly grant amount for charts illustrating how the calculations are actually done.