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More on the Plate: Unraveling SNAP's Enhanced 2024 Benefits

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service changes SNAP maximum allotments, deductions, and income eligibility standards every October 1. They decide this based on how much money people need to live. In 2024, they allocated more money for food and housing to most places in the U.S.

For a family of four, here's the maximum allotment they can get for food, as per the USDA website:

48 states and D.C.: $973

Alaska: Between $1,248 and $1,937

Hawaii: $1,759, but they lost $35

Guam: $1,434

U.S. Virgin Islands: $1,251

There's also money for housing stuff like rent and bills. If no one in the house is old or has a disability, the shelter cap for the 48 states and D.C. went up by $48, making it $672. There's also a maximum homeless shelter deduction, $179.66, for homeless shelters. Here are the maximum shelter deductions for 2024:

48 states and D.C.: $672

Alaska: $1,073

Hawaii: $905

Guam: $789

U.S. Virgin Islands: $529

The resource limit stays the same for all places, at $2,750. For homes with old or disabled people, it's still $4,250.

If a family of four gets $973 a month, that's about $8 for each person daily. SNAP doesn't pay for all food. A study said a cheap meal cost $3.14 at the end of 2022. This is 15% more than the most SNAP gives. Last year, SNAP didn't pay for a full meal in most places.

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