To qualify for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP benefits in Kentucky, households must meet certain criteria to demonstrate their eligibility. While exceptions may apply based on age or special circumstances, the following guidelines serve as the foundation for qualification. This money is a lifeline when families in need struggle to make ends meet.
In Kentucky, the SNAP system helps families to buy nutritious and good quality food, to improve the nutrition of the household members. Recipients can make a variety of essential purchases that promote well-being and nourishment. Fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, dairy products, whole grains, and even plant-based alternatives are some of the food that they could add to their shopping carts. But, how much could you expect when requesting these so-called food stamps? Here are the numbers you’ve been looking for.
The maximum, mounts a SNAP recipients will receive in Kentucky
Before you move forward, you could know that there are limitations regarding what you cannot do with that money. It’s not allowed to use the food stamps to purchase non-food items such as alcohol, tobacco, vitamins, supplements, or hot prepared meals from restaurants. Additionally, SNAP benefits cannot be used for household items, pet food, or personal care products. It’s essential to use these benefits responsibly and solely for purchasing nutritious food.
At the federal level, the average payment voucher is about $180 per individual. However, the maximum to receive depends on the size of the household, according to the following table:
- 1 person: $281
- 2 people: $516
- 3 people: $740
- 4 people. $4,626
- 5 people: $1,116
- 6 people: $1,339
- 7 people: $1,480
- 8 people: $1,691
- Each additional person; add $211
If your household has an elderly or disabled member:
- 1 person: $2,266
- 2 people: $3,052
- 3 people: $3,840
- 4 people: $4,626
- 5 people: $5,412
- 6 people: $6,200
- 7 people: $6,986
- Each additional person; add $788
If the household has an elderly or disabled member, but the gross income limit established in the chart from above, the household can instead qualify by meeting the Net Income and Asset tests, which is 200% of the federal poverty level. For all other households without elderly or disabled members: The gross income limit is 200% of the federal poverty level.
Net income limits and assets and resources limits for SNAP benefits in Kentucky
- 1 person: $,1133
- 2 people: $,1526
- 3 people: $1,920
- 4 people: $2,313
- 5 people: $2,706
- 6 people: $3,100
- 7 people: $3,493
- Each additional person: add $394
About the assets and resources topic, currently, there is not an asset limit in Kentucky. But, if the applicant family has an elderly or disabled member and did not meet the Gross Income test above, there is an asset limit of $4250.
Other benefits you could apply for in Kentucky
During the months of extreme cold or suffocating heat, such as the peak of winter and the heaviest moment of summer, you can apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) benefits at the same time. To cope with rising electricity bills, during the months when you have to keep the heating or cooling on, the maximum to claim is $347. To pay electric bills in general, the maximum is $294.