If you’re wondering when your October Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) payment will arrive, you’ll need to check with your state’s agency that issues benefits. 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, is a federal program that 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. To find out which retailers accept EBT payments online, visit this USDA page.
To receive SNAP benefits, you must apply in the state where you currently live and meet certain eligibility requirements, including means and income limits. These limits are updated annually, according to the USDA.
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.
Some of the items you cannot purchase with SNAP benefits include alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, vitamins, drugs, supplements, live animals, pet food, cleaning products, in paper, cosmetics and hot food at the point of sale.
Your SNAP deposit schedule depends on your state. Payments are made on the same schedule each month and are usually split according to the last digits of your state program ID number. However, some states distribute the benefits on a particular date each month.
States also have different rules regarding payment days that fall on weekends or holidays. You can find different payment schedules on this USDA page or check with your state’s SNAP agency.
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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