Food Stamps Income limit 2020

(Last Updated On: April 1, 2020)
To be eligible for EBT food stamps (SNAP Benefits), you have to meet the food stamps income limit. The income test is the most important criteria. In this post, we will provide the income limit for 2020, and walk you through how you can calculate the gross income and net income amounts for your household.

We will then show you how much benefits you will receive if you are approved for food stamps.

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Food Stamps Income limit 2020

The income test is required for all households applying for food stamps, unless all members are receiving TANF, SSI, or some other form of cash assistance from the federal government or your state.

In addition, most households must meet both the gross and net income tests, but a household with an elderly person or a person who is receiving certain types of disability payments only has to meet the net income test.

Note that if your household income is above the limits shown below, you will not be approved for food assistance.

Household Size Gross monthly income
(130 percent of poverty)
Net monthly income
(100 percent of poverty)
1 $1,354 $1,041
2 $1,832 $1,410
3 $2,311 $1,778
4 $2,790 $2,146
5 $3,269 $2,515
6 $3,748 $2,883
7 $4,227 $3,251
8 $4,705 $3,620
Each additional member ➕ $479 ➕ $369

* Food stamps gross and net income limits are higher in Alaska and Hawaii.

As you can see, both the gross monthly income and the net monthly income calculations are based on the number of people living in your household and rises as you add an additional member. Here are the deductions that are allowed to arrive at your net monthly income number:

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Calculate your Gross & Net Monthly Income

Now that you know the income limits and what deductions are allowed to arrive at your net monthly income, you are now ready to calculate your gross monthly and net monthly income. The image below shows you an example of how to calculate both numbers:

"Food Stamps Income limit 2018 - food stamps calculator"

Resources Limit

Households may have $2,250 in countable resources (such as cash or money in a bank account) or $3,500 in countable resources if at least one member of the household is age 60 or older, or is disabled.

However, certain resources are NOT counted when determining eligibility for SNAP:

  • A home and lot;
  • Resources of people who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI);
  • Resources of people who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF; also known as welfare); and
  • Most retirement and pension plans (withdrawals from these accounts may count as either income or resources depending on how often they occur).


Vehicles count as a resource for SNAP purposes. States determine how vehicles may count toward household resources.

Licensed vehicles are NOT counted if they are:

  • Used for income-producing purposes (e.g., taxi, truck or delivery vehicle);
  • Annually producing income consistent with their fair market value;
  • Needed for long distance travel for work (other than daily commute);
  • Used as the home;
  • Needed to transport a physically disabled household member;
  • Needed to carry most of the household’s fuel or water; or
  • If the sale of the vehicle would result in less than $1500.

For non-excluded licensed vehicles, the fair market value over $4,650 counts as a resource.

Licensed vehicles are also subject to an equity test, which is the fair market value less any amount owed on the vehicle.  The following vehicles are excluded from the equity test:

  • One vehicle per adult household member; and
  • Any other vehicle used by a household member under 18 to drive to work, school, job training, or to look for work.

For vehicles with both a fair market value over $4,650 and an equity value, the greater of the two amounts is counted as a resource.

Additionally, the equity value of unlicensed vehicles generally counts as a resource, with some exceptions.

How much food stamps will I get?

Now that you know the food stamps income limit for 2020, here is how much you may receive in food stamps if you are approved for benefits:

People in Household Maximum Monthly Allotment
1 $194
2 $355
3 $509
4 $646
5 $768
6 $921
7 $1,018
8 $1,164
Each additional person +$146

Note: The allotments described here are for households in the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia. The allotments are different in Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

How to Calculate your Food Stamps Amount

Use the formula below to calculate how much you will receive in food stamps benefits based on your income.

"How to Calculate your Food Stamps Amount"

Click here to apply for food stamps in your state

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Note that to apply for benefits, you have to visit your state specific website to submit an application. If you have questions about applying for food stamps or questions regarding this article, please let us know in the comments section below.

****Source – US Department of Agriculture

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