If you are applying for Alabama SNAP benefits and need more information about the income limit guideline and other eligibility requirements, we can help. The amount you get in food stamps is based on your income and eligible deductions. In this post, we are going to walk you through the income limit for food stamps in Alabama, including how to calculate how much you will receive in SNAP benefits if approved.
Additionally, we will provide information on how to apply for Alabama SNAP Benefits and what happens after you submit your application.
Lastly, we will answer the most frequently asked questions about food stamps in Alabama.
Table of Contents:
- What is SNAP Benefit?
- Who is Eligible for SNAP in Alabama?
- How do I know I am Eligible?
- Income Limit for Food Stamps in Alabama
- How Can I apply for SNAP in Alabama?
- Food Stamps in Alabama FAQs
What is SNAP Benefit?
SNAP (also known as food stamps) offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families.
Once you are approved, SNAP benefits are provided on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, that is used as a debit card.
EBT cards are accepted at most grocery stores, some farmers’ markets, convenience, big box stores, and some online stores.
SNAP benefits generally cannot be used to buy prepared foods, vitamins, alcohol/tobacco, and non-food items (like soap or toothpaste).
Who is Eligible for SNAP in Alabama?
To be eligible for SNAP in Alabama, a household must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Must be a citizen or legal immigrant
- Must be an Alabama resident
- Your household income must be less than the food stamps income limits for your household size (see chart below)
- With some exceptions, you must work or participate in an employment and training program
- For most households, resources must be under $2,500 to qualify for SNAP or $3,750 in countable resources if at least one member of the household is age 60 or older, or is disabled
How do I know I am Eligible?
Benefit amounts are based on household income and expenses.
To see if your household’s income may qualify for SNAP in Alabama, use the income limit chart below:
1. Look at the number of people in your household under “Household Size”.
2. Next, look at the number in the “Maximum Gross Monthly Income” column.
3. Does your household’s total monthly income before taxes fall at or below that
If so, you may qualify for Food Stamps in Alabama, depending on your housing and
To apply for food stamps in Alabama, continue reading below:
Income Limit for Food Stamps in Alabama
Income limits vary according to household size.
Households that contain no elderly or disabled individuals must meet both the gross (income before deduction) and the net income (income after allowable deductions) limits.
However, households that contain an elderly (age 60 or over) individual or a disabled individual must meet only the net income limits.
See the table below for both the net and gross income limits according to household size.
|Alabama SNAP Income Eligibility Standards for Fiscal Year 2022|
|Effective October 1, 2021 – September 30, 2022|
|Household Size||Maximum Gross Monthly Income||Maximum Net Monthly Income|
|Each additional member||+$492||+$379|
What is Counted as Income?
- Social security benefits
- Veteran’s benefits
- Child support
- Unemployment compensation, etc.
Only the following are allowable deductions for SNAP benefits in calculating your Net Income:
The standard deduction will vary according to household size. For 2022, the minimum amount for household sizes 1 through 3 is $177.00.
It is $184 for a household size of 4 and $215 for households with 5.
The maximum amount allowed is $243 for a household of six and above.
Earned Income Deduction
This deduction is 20% of the gross earned income.
Households with self-employment income are entitled to a standard deduction of 40% of the gross proceeds from the self-employment income as a cost of doing business.
Elderly and/or disabled individuals may be entitled to a medical deduction for out-of-pocket medical expenses they incur in excess of $35 per month.
Verification may be required.
The costs incurred for the care of a child or other dependent in order for a household member to work, seek employment, attend training, or pursue an education that is preparatory for employment.
Legally obligated child support paid by a household member to or for a non-household member.
These costs include rent, mortgage, property taxes, insurance on the structure, utilities, etc.
The maximum allowable resource limits for households that contain a disqualified member shall not exceed $2,500.
The resources limit is $3,750 for households containing an elderly or disabled member.
Resources include, but are not limited to:
- Bank accounts
- Stocks and bonds
- Household and recreational vehicles
- Lottery, and gambling winnings of $3,750 or more, etc.
How Can I apply for SNAP in Alabama?
There are 3 ways you can apply for food stamps in Alabama.
Option 1 – Apply online
You can apply online through the Alabama MyDHR account (as shown in the image below). If you have an account, you can log in or create your MyDHR Account. Click here to be taken to the website.
Option 2 – Apply at DHR Office Near You
You can apply in person at the Alabama Department of Human Resources office near you. Click here to locate a DHR office.
Option 3 – Download Alabama Food Stamps Application
You can download an application, complete it, and mail it to your county DHR office or submit it in person.
Call your county DHR office if one of these methods will not work for you. Click here to locate a DHR office.
Documents you need to Apply
Be prepared to provide this information with the application:
- ID card
- Household income and resources
- Housing costs
- Current monthly expenses
- If applicable, immigration status
The Alabama SNAP Application Process
The application process includes:
- Completing an application
- Filing the form in the county in which the household lives
- Being interviewed, and
- Having certain information verified.
Households that meet the following criteria will have their application acted on within 7 calendar days:
- Households with less than $150 in monthly gross income and their liquid resources,
- The household’s monthly rent/mortgage and utilities are more than the
household’s gross monthly income and liquid resources;
- The household is a destitute migrant or seasonal farmworker with less than
$100 in liquid resources.
All other households shall have their application acted upon within 30 days from the date they apply.
Food Stamps in Alabama FAQs
Here are the most frequently asked questions about Alabama Food Stamps:
How Much Will I Recieve in Alabama Food Stamps?
If you are approved for food stamps in Alabama, how much in benefits you get partly depends on the:
- Number of people in your household,
- Total amount of your household’s income, and
- U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Thrifty Food Plan.
The Thrifty Food Plan is a government estimate of how much it costs to provide a household with nutritious, low-cost meals.
The table below shows the maximum SNAP benefits for households with zero income.
As your income increases, your SNAP benefit amount goes down (see below for how to calculate how much your family will receive).
|Household Size||Maximum Monthly Allotment|
|Each Additional Member:||+$188|
Alabama Food Stamps Calculator
Here’s how to calculate how much a family of 6 will get in SNAP benefits.
First, we need to start with the household income.
If you have a countable net income, multiply your net monthly income by 0.3 (30 percent).
Round up this amount to the nearest dollar.
Next, take this amount and subtract it from the maximum benefit level for a household of your size.
From the table above, the maximum a household of 6 could receive in food stamps is $1,190.
The result is the amount of your monthly food stamps benefits for a family of 6.
Here’s an example:
Example: Michael and his family of four (6) have $2,000 in net income after allowable deductions.
To determine the family’s SNAP benefits, take 30% of the “net income” (30% of $2,000) and subtract it from the maximum benefit, as follows:
$ 2000 Net Income for Michael’s family
x .30 (Multiply by 30%)
$ 600 Countable Income
$ 1,190 Maximum SNAP for 6 persons
-$600 Countable income (round up)
$ 590 Monthly SNAP benefits for the Michael’s family
Who Can Get Food Stamps in Alabama?
Generally, people who fall into one of these groups can get Food Stamps:
- U.S. citizens
- Many legal immigrants
- Citizen or legal permanent resident children of undocumented immigrants
- Low-income workers
- People who are homeless
- People living in battered women’s programs, community mental health
programs, drug and alcohol treatment centers, and homeless shelters
Can I get SNAP in more than one State?
No. Under federal guidelines, households can receive SNAP benefits from only one state at a time.
If you have recently moved to Alabama, you must end your SNAP benefits in your previous state, prior to applying for SNAP in Alabama.
What do I need to bring to the interview?
For your SNAP interview, the information needed for all household members include:
- Proof of income
- Current proof of rent or mortgage expenses
- Proof of child care expenses
- Social security numbers for everyone in the household, and
- Proof of obligated child support payments paid to someone outside the household.
How long does it take to process my application?
The county SNAP department has up to 30 days from the date you turn in your application to notify you of a decision about your eligibility for food stamps.
In some cases, if you have little or no income and resources, you may be entitled to expedited service and then a decision is made in 7 days from the date you turn in your application.
If you believe you qualify for expedited service, be sure to inform your county caseworker.
You will be told when a decision will be made on your application when you are interviewed.
How do I use my SNAP Benefits to buy food?
If you are approved for Alabama Food assistance benefits, your monthly SNAP allocation will be put into an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) account (Alabama EBT account).
You will receive your Alabama EBT card – which can be used as a debit card at the grocery store and other retail locations that take EBT.
Income Limit for Food Stamps in Alabama Summary
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