Exciting news for Montana residents, as the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, is gearing up to kick off February payments, with the potential for individuals to receive up to $1,751. These payments will be dispersed over five days, from February 2 to February 6, depending on factors like SNAP case number, account number, Social Security number, or last name.
Qualifying for SNAP benefits in Montana is based on household income, with a single-person household capped at a net monthly income of $1,215 and an eight-person household at $4,214. The payment amounts vary according to household size, ranging from $291 for single-person households to a maximum of $1,751 for eight-person households, with an additional $219 for each extra person.
Maximum Allotments for SNAP Recipients in Montana
Montana’s SNAP benefits can be conveniently utilized at various locations, including farmers markets and grocery stores. Each month, the payments are automatically loaded onto an electronic benefits transfer card, making access to essential groceries seamless for recipients.
In order to find out how much your family can receive in food stamps, you should look at the list of values established by the USDA, which indicates, at 2024 values, what the maximum is according to the size of the household.
For example, for a one-person household, the payment is set at $291 per month. Then, for two people the household can receive up to $535, for three people the limit is $776, and for four people it is $973.
The amounts continue to rise depending on the number of people who are added: 5 people can receive up to $1,155 on their EBT card, six people $1,386, a household of 7 members would charge up to $1,532, and one of eight individuals a maximum of $1,751. From there, each additional person can add to the monthly deposit up to $219.
SNAP Eligibility Criteria in 2024
As established by the USDA, the qualification criteria include several points for a family to be considered eligible:
- Income: Household income must be below 130% of the federal poverty line. The income limit for SNAP benefits is based on the household size and the federal poverty line. For example, a household of four with an income of $3,630 per month would be eligible for SNAP benefits.
- Resources: Household resources must be below certain limits.The resource limit for SNAP benefits is $2,250 for an individual and $3,250 for a household. Resources include cash, savings, bank accounts, stocks, bonds, and other assets. Household resources are calculated by adding together the resources of all household members. Certain assets are exempt from the resource limit, such as a home, a car, and certain retirement savings.
- Work requirements: Most adults ages 18-49 must be working, looking for work, or participating in a work-related training program. Most adults ages 18-49 must be working, looking for work, or participating in a work-related training program to be eligible for SNAP benefits. There are certain exemptions to these work requirements, such as for pregnant women, people with disabilities, and parents of young children.
Remember to check with your local social services -or SNAP benefits provider- to determine whether you qualify or not to get this financial assistance. Requirements must change from state to state.