Recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can expect another large payment in November, as it is the second month in a row, including a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) of 12.5 % approved for fiscal year 2023. The COLA went into effect on October 1, 2022 and will run until September 30, 2023.
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What hasn’t changed is when you’ll receive your November payment. As usual, it depends on your condition. Although SNAP is part of the US Department of Agriculture, the program itself is administered at the state level, and each state and US territory has its own monthly schedule for when payments are made.
SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps, provides food assistance to low-income households. If you are eligible for SNAP benefits, they will be deposited monthly into your SNAP account. Payments are now made with Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards instead of food stamps, although some states may have a different name for the cards.
Cards can be swiped at checkout in grocery stores, large retailers and other outlets, such as debit cards. You will need to enter your PIN to complete the transaction. Depending on your state, you may also be able to purchase eligible foods online at participating retailers. Visit the USDA page to see which retailers accept EBT payments online.
To find out when you will receive your November 2022 payment, visit the USDA’s website dedicated to monthly payment schedules for all states and territories. In most states, payment dates are staggered throughout the month based on SNAP case numbers, last names, or Social Security numbers. The payment schedule is generally the same each month.
In very rare cases, all beneficiaries receive payments on the same date, such as in Alaska, which makes SNAP benefits available on the first day of each month for all beneficiaries. In more populated states like Florida, benefits can be paid on 20 different days. States also have different rules regarding payment days that fall on weekends or holidays.
SNAP benefits can be used to purchase the following food items:
Fruits and vegetables
Meat, poultry and fish
Breads and cereals
Snacks and soft drinks
Seeds and plants, which produce food for the household
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Some of the items you cannot purchase with SNAP benefits include alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, vitamins, drugs, supplements, live animals, pet food, cleaning products, paper and cosmetics. In most states, you also cannot purchase hot meals. Exceptions are states that have enrolled in the SNAP restaurant dining program.
You can apply for SNAP through your state’s local SNAP office or on its website. You can also visit SNAP’s Application and Local Office Locators page to learn how to apply in your state. To locate SNAP authorized offices near you, use the SNAP Retailer Locator Tool.
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