April 25, 2017

SNAP* Facts for Older Montanans

Income:

  • Monthly income includes any money you receive
  • Medical deductions may help you qualify for benefits
  • Maximum gross monthly income: 
  • Household of one: $1,276, Household of two: $1726

Little known SNAP facts:

You pay into it – so use it! – Food assistance is much like social security. How? You pay into it with your tax dollars so SNAP can be there when you need it. In fact, 51% of all American’s will use SNAP at some time in their life making it a common American experience.

SNAP helps the economy –Each dollar in SNAP benefits creates       $1.80 in economic activity. In 2013, $1 billion in SNAP benefits supported 8,900 to 17,900 jobs, including 3,000 farm jobs. When you use SNAP you are helping the economy!

There is enough for all who qualify – The program expands and contracts with the need. If you are eligible for SNAP dollars, but don’t get them, you are not “saving” the benefits for someone else.

You can own a car or a home – For nearly all households, assets such as a home or a car are NOT calculated when determining eligibility – only income is counted.

SNAP is easy to use – Food dollars come on the Montana EBT Card, which you can use at most grocery stores and many farmers markets. Swipe it and then enter your PIN – it is as easy to use as your bank debit card.

$16 can add up – The minimum is $16 per month, but many senior households could and do receive more. Even at the lowest amount, benefits can be saved up to a year and could be used to buy staple foods or special occasion items.  SNAP also brings other types of support, such as farmers’ market vouchers and energy assistance.
 
If everyone in your household is 60+ or disabled, you may also contact your local Office of Public Assistance (OPA) at 888-706-1535

To find the nearest Office of Public Assistance visit:
http://dphhs.mt.gov/contact/humancommunityservices

*Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps    September 2016
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