SNAP Schedule October 2022: Illinois Link Card Food Stamp Payments

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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits in Illinois are administered by the state’s Department of Human Services, which sets the schedule for when monthly SNAP payments are issued. Payment dates depend on a couple of factors, including when you began receiving benefits. That’s the case every month, including October 2022.

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According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, benefits for new Illinois SNAP households are made between the 1st and the 10th of the month based on the last digit of the head of household’s individual ID number. Older cases keep their previous availability dates on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 13th, 17th and 20th of the month.

SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, is a federal program that provides food-purchasing assistance to low-income households. Although it is part of the USDA, the program is administered at the state level. If you are approved for SNAP benefits, you will be sent a reloadable Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card and use it to pay for food. Benefits will be loaded onto it every month.

Illinois residents approved for SNAP benefits will be issued an Illinois Link Card, which looks and works like a debit card. If you are eligible for cash and SNAP benefits, you will access both with the same card. Only one Illinois Link Card is issued per account. The card is accepted at most grocery stores and more than 9,000 retailers in the state.

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You can use the Illinois Link Card to purchase the following food items:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meat, poultry and fish
  • Dairy products
  • Breads and cereals
  • Snack foods and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Seeds and plants, which produce food for the household to eat.

Also, because Illinois participates in the SNAP Restaurant Meals Program, you can buy hot food at participating restaurants.

Among the items you can’t buy with SNAP benefits are alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, vitamins, medicines, supplements, live animals, pet foods, cleaning supplies, paper products and cosmetics.

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Here is the October 2022 deposit schedule for new cases on the Illinois Link Card system:

IES Head of Household Individual Number Ending In:Newly Approved Case Benefit Availability Dates:
1Oct. 1
2Oct. 2
3Oct. 3
4Oct. 4
5Oct. 5
6Oct. 6
7Oct. 7
8Oct. 8
9Oct. 9
0Oct. 10

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Vance Cariaga is a London-based writer, editor and journalist who previously held staff positions at Investor’s Business Daily, The Charlotte Business Journal and The Charlotte Observer. His work also appeared in Charlotte Magazine, Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal and Business North Carolina magazine. He holds a B.A. in English from Appalachian State University and studied journalism at the University of South Carolina. His reporting earned awards from the North Carolina Press Association, the Green Eyeshade Awards and AlterNet. In addition to journalism, he has worked in banking, accounting and restaurant management. A native of North Carolina who also writes fiction, Vance’s short story, “Saint Christopher,” placed second in the 2019 Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition. Two of his short stories appear in With One Eye on the Cows, an anthology published by Ad Hoc Fiction in 2019. His debut novel, Voodoo Hideaway, was published in 2021 by Atmosphere Press.
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