2023 Income Limit for Alabama Food Stamps

The income limit is the most important food stamps (SNAP) eligibility requirement in Alabama. In this post, In this post, we are going to walk you through the 2023 income limit for Alabama food stamps, including how to calculate how much you will receive in SNAP benefits if approved.

Additionally, we will provide information on how to apply for food stamps in Alabama.

Lastly, we will answer the most frequently asked questions about SNAP benefits in Alabama.

Table of Contents:

  • Food Stamps in Alabama
  • Who is Eligible for Food Stamps in Alabama
  • 2023 Income Limit for Alabama Food Stamps
  • How to Apply for Food Stamps in Alabama
  • Food Stamps in Alabama FAQs

2023 Income Limits for Alabama Food Stamps

Food Stamps in Alabama

SNAP (also known as food stamps) offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families in Alabama.

In Alabama, the SNAP program is run by the Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR).

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, like Walmart and Amazon.

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 Food Stamps 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 $2,750 to qualify for SNAP or $4,250 in countable resources if at least one member of the household is age 60 or older, or is disabled

Senior SNAP

If you are age 60 and older, you may be eligible for Senior SNAP in Alabama.

Click here to access the Senior SNAP page to learn more about this program.

2023 Income Limit for Alabama Food Stamps

To qualify for SNAP in Alabama, your household income must not exceed 130 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.

You can find out if you may qualify by using the 2022/2023 table below.

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 2023
Effective October 1, 2022 – September 30, 2023
Household Size Monthly Gross Income (130% of FPL) Monthly Net Income (100% of FPL)
1 $1,473 $1,133
2 $1,984 $1,526
3 $2,495 $1,920
4 $3,007 $2,313
5 $3,518 $2,706
6 $4,029 $3,100
7 $4,541 $3,493
8 $5,052 $3,886
Each Additional Household Member: Add $512 $394

How to Apply for Food Stamps in Alabama

There are multiple ways you can apply for food stamps in Alabama.

Option 1 – Apply Online

The easiest way to apply for SNAP benefits is online through the Alabama MyDHR portal.

Log on to https://mydhr.alabama.gov/ and select “Apply for Assistance.”

If you do not have an account, click on the “Don’t have a MyDHR Account?” link for instructions on how to set up an account.

For help in creating a MyDHR account, see our post on How to Create My Alabama DHR Account.

If you are having trouble logging into your MyDHR account, see our guide on
My Alabama DHR Account Login Help.

Option 2 – Apply by Mail or Fax an Application

To apply by mail or fax, download the SNAP application here.

Once you have completed the application, you can submit it by mail or fax.

Instructions on how to do so are included in the application.

Also, you can request an application to be mailed to you by calling 1-833-822-2202.

Option 3 – Apply in Person

If you are unable to apply online or by mail, the DHR has offices statewide to assist you with the application process.

Click here to find your local office.

Income Limit for Alabama food stamps

Food Stamps in Alabama FAQs

Here are the most frequently asked questions about Alabama Food Stamps:

What is the Phone Number for Alabama Food Stamps?

If you need help applying for food stamps in Alabama or have further questions about how the SNAP program works, call Customer Call Center at 1-833-822-2202.

How Much Will I Receive 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,
  • The 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.

In Alabama, the average monthly SNAP amount per person is approximately $242.

Maximum SNAP Benefit Amount by Household Size for Fiscal Year 2023
Effective October 1, 2022 – September 30, 2023
Household Size Maximum SNAP Benefit Allotment
1 $281
2 $516
3 $740
4 $939
5 $1,116
6 $1,339
7 $1,480
8 $1,691
Each Additional Household Member: Add $211

To find out how much you are likely to get in Alabama SNAP if approved, use the calculator below.

In the example provided below, we are using a family of 6 to demonstrate how to calculate your food stamps amount.

How 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 $1,339

The result is the monthly food stamps benefits for a family of 6.

Here’s an example:

Example: John and his family of six (6) have $1,700 in net income after allowable deductions.

To determine the family’s SNAP benefits, take 30% of the “net income” (30% of $1,700) and subtract it from the maximum benefit, as follows:

$ 1,700 Net Income for John’s family
x .30 (Multiply by 30%)
$ 510 Countable Income
$ 1,339 Maximum SNAP for 6 persons
-$510 Countable income (round up)
$ 829 Monthly SNAP benefits for John’s family

When are Alabama EBT benefits deposited?

Alabama food stamps benefits are deposited on your AL EBT Card over 20 days each calendar month (4th-23rd). Your AL EBT Deposit Date varies based on the last 2-digits of your case number. 

Here is the Alabama SNAP EBT Deposit Schedule for 2023:

The last 2-digits of your Case Number ends in: SNAP Benefits are available on the:
00-04 4th of the month
05-09 5th of the month
10-14 6th of the month
15-19 7th of the month
20-24 8th of the month
25-29 9th of the month
30-34 10th of the month
35-39 11th of the month
40-44 12th of the month
45-49 13th of the month
50-54 14th of the month
55-59 15th of the month
60-64 16th of the month
65-69 17th of the month
70-74 18th of the month
75-79 19th of the month
80-84 20th of the month
85-89 21st of the month
90-94 22nd of the month
95-99 23rd of the month

Why didn’t I get my Alabama Food Stamp benefits this month? 

If you did not receive your Alabama SNAP benefits deposit this month, there are a few reasons why that may have happened.

They include:

  1. You failed to renew your benefits or submit the renewal documentation on-time
  2. You’re classified as an ABAWD and did not meet the stated work requirements
  3. Your benefits have been cut off due to suspicion of fraud on your EBT account

We suggest that you contact your local DHR office if you did not receive your benefits. They will be able to give you more information about why this happened.

Are there any fees for using the Alabama EBT Card?

There is never a charge for using your card to buy food. However, any Bank surcharges (if any) for using cash machines will be taken from your account.

How Many People are on Food Stamps in Alabama?

Here’s how Alabama’s Food Stamps numbers compare to the National Data for the United States:
As of January 2023, there are about 775,000 people on food stamps in Alabama.
Additionally, there are about 41 million people on food stamps in the United States, as shown in the tables below.
Alabama Food Stamps Statistics for January 2023:
Number of People on Food Stamps in Alabama
As of September 2022
September 2021 September 2022 Change
Number of People 763,754 774,378 1.4%
Number of Households 375,031 387,394 3.3%
Total Benefits ($) $183,714,826.00 $152,022,504.00 -17.3%

United States Food Stamps Statistics for January 2023:

Number of People on Food Stamps in The United States
As of September 2022
September 2021 September 2022 Change
Number of People 40,846,833 41,665,296 2.0%
Number of Households 21,402,558 21,907,553 2.4%
Total Benefits ($) $9,117,810,630.00 $9,338,989,005.00 2.4%

What stores accept Alabama EBT online for delivery?

Currently, there are 14 stores that accept Alabama EBT Cards online as payment.

You can use your AL EBT Card and food stamp benefits to purchase approved grocery items and have it delivered directly to your door.

However, your Alabama SNAP benefits cannot be use to pay for delivery fees.

Currently, the following stores accept Alabama food stamps and EBT Cards online:

  1. Aldi
  2. Amazon
  3. Food City
  4. Greer’s Cash Saver
  5. Hometown Market of Limestone County
  6. Marino’s Market
  7. Piggly Wiggly (Deatsville)
  8. Publix
  9. Sam’s Club Scan and Go
  10. Sprouts Farmers Market
  11. Target
  12. Walmart
  13. Whole Foods
  14. Wright’s Markets, Inc.

Income Limit for Alabama Food Stamps Summary

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