Not only were the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) significant for Ohioans during the COVID-19 pandemic, but they continue to be a lifeline for those in need. This federal-scope system is the most important to curb hunger. In 2022 alone, almost 1.5 million Ohioans (13% of the population) received SNAP benefits, a percentage similar to 12% of the general population of the entire United States (more than 41 million).
The SNAP benefits, also known as food stamps, can be used to purchase a variety of food items. Eligible individuals can buy fruits, vegetables, dairy products, meat, poultry, fish, bread, cereals, and non-alcoholic beverages. Additionally, SNAP benefits can be used for seeds and plants to grow food at home, a nice way to multiply your money. However, the funds cannot be used to purchase non-food items like toiletries, pet food, alcohol, tobacco, vitamins, or hot prepared meals. SNAP benefits aim to ensure that low-income households have access to nutritious food options to support their well-being.
SNAP benefits: How to qualify for food stamps in Ohio?
SNAP is dedicated to providing benefits based on individual needs. It prioritizes households with extremely low incomes, offering them more assistance compared to those closer to the poverty line. That’s why the money offered by this system is necessary to change the lives of these American families. Applicants for SNAP benefits in Ohio must meet certain eligibility criteria. Firstly, they must either be U.S. citizens or have a qualified immigration status.
Additionally, they need to be residents of Ohio and provide proof of their residency. The income of the applicant and their household is a determining factor for SNAP eligibility. The gross monthly income should be at or below 130% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), and the net income (after deductions) should be at or below 100% of the FPL, taking into account certain deductions such as housing and childcare costs.
How much could I expect to receive in SNAP benefits?
According to the established by 2023, the average SNAP benefits in nominal dollars (estimated, after all pandemic measures stop working) will be $186 for each household member per month.
Having met the requirements, for SNAP benefit recipients, the maximum amount depends on the household size. The pay table for the entire fiscal year 2023 is as follows:
- 1 person: $281
- 2 people: $516
- 3 people: $740
- 4 people: $939
- 5 people: $1,116
- 6 people: $1,339
- 7 people: $1,480
- 8 people: $1,691
- Each additional person: add $211
If you live in Ohio, you might expect your SNAP benefits payment from July 2 through July 20. If you need any further information regarding your particular situation, you better take a quick visit at the State SNAP Website, or you can call by phone at 866-244-0071. Furthermore, you can find your local office in this website.