SNAP the largest federal nutrition assistance program — provides a monthly allowance to eligible low-income individuals and families to buy healthy food. The money is provided through an electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card, which is used like a debit card to buy food at authorized retail stores. Benefits are paid on a specific day each month, depending on your state. You must apply for SNAP in the state in which you live. Each state has a different application form and process. You must apply for SNAP in the state where you currently live. Each state has a different application form and process. Generally, SNAP is limited to people with gross incomes up to 130 percent of the federal poverty line. This currently starts at $12,880 for a single-person household and increases depending on the family size. For example, the poverty threshold for a four-person household is $26,500.
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