Delaware’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will start paying you for the month of January, worth up to $1,751, in 5 days.
The First State begins distributing SNAP payments on the second of each month and has one of the longest distribution periods in the United States. Payments are spread out over most of the month, and the first letter of the recipient’s last name determines the date the payment is issued.
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Last December’s payments will be distributed on Saturday, and the first January payments will be made on Tuesday.
SNAP payment amounts are determined by the number of people in your household. A single person household will receive $291, and a household of eight people will receive $1,751. Households of 8 or more include $219 for each additional person.
To qualify for SNAP payments in Delaware, a household’s income cannot exceed 200% of the federal poverty level. A single-person household cannot earn more than $2,266 a month, and an eight-person household can’t earn more than $7,772 a month.
Delaware SNAP payments are automatically loaded onto your Delaware Food First electronic benefit transfer card, which can be used as a debit card for food and non-alcoholic beverages. These funds cannot be used for luxury items such as alcohol or tobacco products.
Funds received each month will remain on the card without expiration as long as the card is used regularly. To check the balance on a Delaware Food First card, recipients check their last grocery receipt.
People under the age of 21 who live with their parents must apply together with their parents.
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Established through the Food Stamp Act of 1964 as one of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society programs, SNAP is intended to improve the nutrition of the poor by supplementing their food costs.
SNAP operates in every state and Washington, D.C., and there are some differences between the programs. The main differences relate to the date on which the payment is issued and the size of the payment.