What is the income level for food stamps for a family of four

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According to the USDA Food and Nutrition Service there is more criteria that must be met besides income to be eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

The general criteria include:

  • • Households may have up to $2,000 in such things as a bank account, or $3250 if at least one person is age 60 or older, or is disabled
  • • Gross Monthly Income, for a family of 4, can be up to $2,552.
  • • Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents between the ages of 18 and 50 who don't have any dependent children only can get SNAP benefits for 3 months in a 36-month period if they don't work.

For lots of specifics, exceptions, and deductions, check out the USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program web page.

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Updated on Sunday, August 17 2014 at 05:33AM EDT