SNAP recipients may see changes to their benefits beginning October 1, 2017
Harrisburg, PA –The federal government issues adjustments to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’s (SNAP) maximum benefit amounts, deductions, and income eligibility standards at the beginning of each federal fiscal year. This year’s adjustments were recently announced.
The changes, which vary by year, are based on an annual Cost of Living Adjustment and take effect on October 1, 2017. This year the maximum benefit amount will decrease, but the income limit will increase. For example, the income limit for a family of four at 100 percent of the Federal Poverty Income Guideline will raise $25 from a monthly net income limit of $2,025 in October 2016 to $2,050 in October 2017.
“SNAP is a federal program that is administered by the state and provides critical benefits to Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable populations,” said Department of Human Services Acting Secretary Teresa Miller. “These benefits are used to buy food and help eligible low-income households in Pennsylvania have nutritious diets by increasing their food purchasing power at grocery stores and farmers’ markets.”
1.85 million Pennsylvanians are served in the SNAP program, previously known as food stamps, including 700,000 children, more than 260,000 seniors, and nearly 700,000 individuals with a disability. DHS is notifying SNAP recipients whose benefits will change.
“Pennsylvanians may see a slight decrease in their benefits, depending on income, household size, and expenses,” said Miller. “Additionally, Pennsylvanians previously on the cusp of being eligible may now be able to receive benefits.”
The following table provides the approximate potential amount of the reduced benefit for households that have no income:
Additional changes are included in the October 1, 2017, benefit adjustment:
The United States Department of Agriculture also provides several resources to help individuals prepare healthy meals on a low budget:
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed), and the SNAP Recipe Finder helps individuals collect recipes and create shopping lists. Individuals are also able to search for recipes based on total cost or cost per serving.
For more information on the SNAP program, visit www.dhs.pa.gov.