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Live Blog Updates: SNAP EBT (Food Stamps) Schedules and More — June 24, 2022

BY CORY DUDAK

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Surprising SNAP Purchases You Can Make in the Midwest

In the wide swath of the country categorized by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as the Midwest, how and where you can use those benefits varies by state rules. And what you might buy depends on even more local tastes and regulations, too. From the Dakotas to Wisconsin, from Missouri to Michigan and Minnesota, residents will utilize their benefits differently.

Here are some interesting ways residents of the Midwest can take advantage of SNAP benefits.

New Jersey SNAP Benefits Schedule for July 2022

The state of New Jersey distributes SNAP benefits based on the 7th digit of the recipient’s case number, according to Providers. Payments are sent out during the first five days of the month, as follows:

Case number ends inBenefits available
1 or 2July 1st
3 or 4July 2nd
5 or 6July 3rd
7 or 8July 4th
9 or 0July 5th

Notable exception: For Warren County recipients, all SNAP benefits disburse on July 1st.

To find out more about SNAP benefits in your state, click here.

Surprising Purchases You Can Make with SNAP on the West Coast

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which runs SNAP, stipulates how the money can be spent. It’s intended for foods such as fruit, vegetables, meat, poultry, dairy, some snacks, bread and cereals. You can’t buy alcohol, tobacco, prepared meals, medicine, pet food, personal-care items or paper products using SNAP benefits.

While the rules seem clear, residents on the West Coast can use their SNAP benefits for more than staples at a traditional grocery store.

Here are six non-traditional ways to spend SNAP funds on the West Coast.

Did Your State Give Out Emergency SNAP Benefits in June?

Emergency allotments were authorized under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to help address temporary food needs during the pandemic for SNAP households. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, EA amounts are equal to the maximum benefit for the household size, minus their monthly base benefit.

Currently, no COVID-19 waivers allowing the issuance of emergency allotments have been extended to any state for June 2022. However, eligible school children and children in childcare programs may receive temporary emergency food assistance (P-EBT) during the upcoming summer months.

Learn which states were approved to operate a P-EBT program during the 2021-22 school year.

Massachusetts SNAP EBT: Food Stamp Schedule for July 2022

The state of Massachusetts sends out its SNAP benefits on the first of every month through recipients EBT cards. You can determine when yours will get to you by following the schedule below:

SSN ends inBenefits available
0July 1st
1July 2nd
2July 4th
3July 5th
4July 7th
5July 8th
6July 10th
7July 11th
8July 13th
9July 14th

According to Providers, benefit dates are determined based on the last digit of your Social Security number.

To find out how to apply for Massachusetts SNAP EBT benefits, click here.

Maryland Food Stamps: How Are SNAP Benefits Distributed in July?

According to Providers, Maryland SNAP benefits are distributed monthly from the 4th to the 23rd based on the first three letters of your last name.

Here is how the schedule breaks down and when you will receive EBT payments:

Last name’s first three letters are betweenBenefits available
AAA and BAOJuly 4th
BAP and BQZJuly 5th
BRA and CAQJuly 6th
CAR and COQJuly 7th
COR and DIZJuly 8th
DJA and FISJuly 9th
FIT and GONJuly 10th
GOO and HAXJuly 11th
HAY and JABJuly 12th
JAC and KIMJuly 13th
KIN and LOXJuly 14th
LOY and MCOJuly 15th
MCP and NEFJuly 16th
NEG and PGZJuly 17th
PHA and RICJuly 18th
RID and SDZJuly 19th
SEA and STCJuly 20th
STD and TRAJuly 21st
TRB and WESJuly 22nd
WET and ZZZJuly 23rd

For more on Maryland SNAP benefits, click here.

California SNAP Schedule for July 2022: When Benefits Send

CalFresh benefits are distributed over the first 10 days of each month. The date your benefits are deposited onto your CalFresh EBT card depends on the last digit of your case number. Benefits are deposited on the assigned day, even if that day is a weekend or holiday.

Case # Ends InBenefits Available
1July 1st
2July 2nd
3July 3rd
4July 4th
5July 5th
6July 6th
7July 7th
8July 8th
9July 9th
0July 10th

California also participates in the Restaurant Meals Program (RMP), a state option that allows certain SNAP recipients who might not be able to prepare meals for themselves to be able to buy prepared meals at restaurants with their SNAP benefits. 

To find out more on July CalFresh SNAP benefits, click here.

Can You Really Receive a Free Tablet as a SNAP Recipient?

If you’ve heard rumors about free tablets being provided by the federal government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), don’t get your hopes up. While eligible households can receive deep discounts on tablets, there’s nothing on any official government website indicating that they’re free.

The ACP is a benefit program run by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that helps ensure households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare and more.

According to the ACP website, the program provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.

Nowhere does the ACP website mention a free tablet. However, eligible households can get a tablet with a contribution of as little as $10.01 … so it’s not too far off.

To learn more about the potential of a free tablet with SNAP, click here and read the full article.

Florida Senator Proposes Revisions to SNAP Requirements for State

Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) introduced legislation that would modify the requirements to receive federal benefits for welfare and SNAP. Named the “Let’s Get to Work Act of 2022,” the bill proposes changes to provisions in the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2021, WFLA News Channel 8 reports.

Scott proposes adding work requirements for SNAP recipients who are able-bodied and do not have dependents (ABAWD). WFLA News reported that under pandemic legislation, the age requirements for able-bodied adults to receive SNAP benefits allow those aged 50 or older to apply (lowered from age 60), even if they do not have dependents.

Scott’s proposed legislation would make these changes to SNAP eligibility:

  • End the current suspension of SNAP’s work requirements for ABAWDs.
  • Expand SNAP work requirements to able-bodied adults aged 50-59 and to parents of children over 6 years old (except for parents with children under the age of 6 and persons who care for incapacitated individuals).
  • End “no-good-cause” exemptions from the SNAP ABAWD work requirement that allows states to bypass SNAP work requirements.
  • Make improvements to work requirements by addressing the marriage penalty and increasing the grace period for parents:
    • One spouse would be exempt from work requirements if the other fulfills them.
    • Increase the “grace window” for those parents with dependents who fail to meet the work requirement from 3 months in a 3-year window to 6 months in 3 years to account for added household complexities.

To learn more, read the full article by clicking here.

Florida SNAP Benefits: When EBT Payments Drop in July 2022

Florida’s SNAP benefits are sent out between the 1st and the 28th of every month, based on the 9th and 8th digits of your Florida case number (read backward) after dropping the 10th digit:

Case number’s 9th and 8th digits areBenefits available
00-031st of the month
04-062nd of the month
07-103rd of the month
11-134th of the month
14-175th of the month
18-206th of the month
21-247th of the month
25-278th of the month
28-319th of the month
32-3410th of the month
35-3811th of the month
39-4112th of the month
42-4513th of the month
46-4814th of the month
49-5315th of the month
54-5716th of the month
58-6017th of the month
61-6418th of the month
65-6719th of the month
68-7120th of the month
72-7421st of the month
75-7822nd of the month
79-8123rd of the month
82-8524th of the month
86-8825th of the month
89-9226th of the month
93-9527th of the month
96-9928th of the month

For more on general SNAP benefits in July 2022, click here.

SNAP 2022: Where Can You Spend Your Benefits This Summer?

Many of us take for granted that we can buy enough nutritious groceries with the income we generate and barely have to think twice. But for individuals and families living at or below the poverty line — which is $13,590 annually for an individual or $27,750 for a family of four — being able to afford basic essentials like food can be beyond their means.

With inflation driving costs up even higher, this can be a serious problem for individuals in need. The federal government helps these families out through a program called Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP — formerly known as food stamps) through which people get funds on an electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card to pay for various food, drinks, and food-producing plants and seeds.

For a list of all the places you can use your SNAP benefits this summer, click here.

SNAP Beneficiaries May Qualify for $30+ Off Internet Access

Households who take part in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, federal public housing assistance, the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Program, WIC, veterans pension or survivor benefits — or Lifeline — may qualify for Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP).

The program was introduced by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). If you are qualified based on your income, you might be able to get $30 off your internet service.

Even if you don’t participate in these programs, but have a household income below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines, you may qualify. To enroll for ACP or see if you qualify, visit AffordableConnectivity.gov and submit an application online. You can also print out and mail the application. Then, contact your preferred participating internet provider to select an internet plan. The discount will be applied to your bill if you qualify for ACP.

To find out more detail on qualification, click here to read the full article.

How To Apply for SNAP and WIC (and the Difference Between Them)

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) are both federally-funded health and nutrition programs. Both programs help low-income families and their children but are discrete entities.

SNAP delivers a monthly preloaded EBT (electronic benefits) card to recipients, and this card is used to buy food for you or your family. When you see the EBT option at the grocery store, this signals that the store is participating in the SNAP benefits program. A predetermined amount is loaded onto your debit card based on your overall household income for this purpose.

On the other hand, WIC does not provide a discretionary amount to buy food items. WIC recipients are given a specific card, which is then swiped the same way a debit or credit card is, to purchase items from this list only. Foods are pre-determined, meaning that they are chosen based on nutritional values and USDA standards. Food items include, but are not limited, to infant cereal and other baby foods, fruits and vegetables, eggs, milk, cheese, peanut butter, dried and canned beans, canned fish and tofu.

To find out more about specific qualification to apply, click here.

What You Can Buy With SNAP Benefits at Walmart

Walmart is one of many retailers that accepts SNAP EBT payments (in 48 states you can pay at checkout, in Alaska and Montana, you can pay at pickup) and a convenient and affordable place for many people to shop with their SNAP benefits. If you’ve just started up with SNAP and are wondering, “What can I buy with EBT at Walmart?” we’re here to answer that question for you with this list of USDA-approved eligible foods.

South Carolina SNAP: July 2022 Payment Schedule

South Carolina has two different SNAP schedules. If you started receiving benefits after Sept. 1, 2012, this is when to expect your July deposit:

Case # ends inBenefits available
111th of the month
22nd of the month
313th of the month
44th of the month
515th of the month
66th of the month
717th of the month
88th of the month
919th of the month
010th of the month

If you started receiving SNAP benefits continuously before Sept. 1, 2012, your benefits are sent out from the 1st to the 10th of every month. Here is the schedule for July:

Case # ends inBenefits available
11st of the month
22nd of the month
33rd of the month
44th of the month
55th of the month
66th of the month
77th of the month
88th of the month
99th of the month
010th of the month

To find out more, click here.

Experts Divulge Shopping Tips for SNAP Beneficiaries

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federal nutrition program that gives benefits to low-income individuals and families, enabling them to purchase food at retailers nationwide. Though the specific benefits vary from state to state, in general, to be eligible, a household’s income must be at or below 130 percent of the poverty line. For a family of three, that’s around $1,830 a month or less.

While SNAP benefits provide much needed food assistance, inflation is driving up the cost of groceries and services exorbitantly right now, impacting folks on SNAP benefits more than the average household.

Click here to learn what some experts recommend for how to make the most of your SNAP benefits.

Texas SNAP Benefits: When July 2022 Payments Will Hit Lone Star Cards

The date you receive your Texas SNAP food benefits is based on the last digit in your Eligibility Determination Group number and benefits are deposited onto Lone Star Cards (Texas’ answer to EBT) over 15 days, beginning on the 1st of the month.

SNAP EDG # Ends InBenefits Available
0July 1st
1July 3rd
2July 5th
3July 6th
4July 7th
5July 9th
6July 11th
7July 12th
8July 13th
9July 15th

To find out more on Texas SNAP benefits, click here.

When Will SNAP Payments Be Sent in July 2022?

SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, is the largest federal assistance program, providing food-purchasing assistance to low-income households. While it’s overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, SNAP is administered at the state level.

Payments are deposited monthly into SNAP accounts, which are linked to EBT cards. Some states have different names for EBT cards, so yours may be called something different.

For a more extensive breakdown, click here to read the full article.