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2023 Income Limit for Indiana Food Stamps

The income limit is the most important food stamps (SNAP) eligibility requirement in Indiana. In this post, In this post, we are going to walk you through the 2023 income limit for Indiana 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 Indiana.

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

Table of Contents:

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

2023 Income Limits for Indiana Food Stamps

Food Stamps in Indiana

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

In Indiana, the SNAP program is run by the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA).

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 Indiana?

To be eligible for SNAP in Indiana, a household must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a citizen or legal immigrant
  • Must be an Indiana 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

2023 Income Limit for Indiana Food Stamps

To qualify for SNAP in Indiana, 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.

Indiana 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 Indiana

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

Option 1 – Apply Online

The easiest way to apply for SNAP benefits is online through the Indiana FSSA Benefits portal.

Log on to https://fssabenefits.in.gov/ and select “Apply Now.”

If you do not have an account, click on the “Create Account” link for instructions on how to set up an account.

For help in creating an FSSA Benefits portal account, see our post on How to Create an FSSA Benefits Portal Account.

If you are having trouble logging into your FSSA Benefits portal account, see our guide on
FSSA Benefits portal 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 clicking here.

Option 3 – Apply in Person

If you are unable to apply online or by mail, the Division of Family Resources (DFR) has offices statewide to assist you with the application process.

Click here to find your local office.

Indiana Food Stamps Frequently asked questions (FAQS)

Food Stamps in Indiana FAQs

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

What is the Phone Number for Indiana Food Stamps?

If you need help applying for food stamps in Indiana or have further questions about how the SNAP program works, call Customer Call Center at 1-800-403-0864.

How Much Will I Receive in Indiana Food Stamps?

If you are approved for food stamps in Indiana, 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 Indiana, the average monthly SNAP amount per person is approximately $257.

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 Indiana 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 Indiana 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: Laura and her family of six (6) have $1,860 in net income after allowable deductions.

To determine the family’s SNAP benefits, take 30% of the “net income” (30% of $1,860) and subtract it from the maximum benefit, as follows:

$ 1,860 Net Income for Laura’s family
x .30 (Multiply by 30%)
$ 558 Countable Income
$ 1,339 Maximum SNAP for 6 persons
-$558 Countable income (round up)
$ 781 Monthly SNAP benefits for Laura’s family

When are Indiana EBT benefits deposited?

Indiana food stamps benefits are deposited on your IN EBT Card on your scheduled deposit day. Indiana EBT Deposit Dates are sent out from the 5th to the 23rd of each month. 

The day your Indiana food stamp benefits are deposited depends on the first letter of your last name.

Food Stamp benefits will be made available in your Indiana Hoosier Works EBT Card account by 6am on your scheduled deposit day. 

Here is the Indiana SNAP EBT Deposit Schedule for 2023:

The first letter of your Last Name starts with: SNAP Benefits are available on the:
A or B 5th day of the month
C or D 7th day of the month
E, F or G 9th day of the month
H or I 11th day of the month
J, K or L 13th day of the month
M or N 15th day of the month
O, P, Q or R 17th day of the month
S 19th day of the month
T, U or V 21st day of the month
W, X, Y or Z 23rd day of the month

How Many People are on Food Stamps in Indiana?

Here’s how Indiana’s Food Stamps numbers compare to the National Data for the United States:
As of January 2023, there are about 602,000 people on food stamps in Indiana.
Additionally, there are about 41 million people on food stamps in the United States, as shown in the tables below.
Indiana Food Stamps Statistics for January 2023:
Number of People on Food Stamps in Indiana
As of September 2022
September 2021 September 2022 Change
Number of People 622,712 602,455 -3.3%
Number of Households 292,275 284,992 -2.5%
Total Benefits ($) $134,009,653.00 $100,514,383.00 -25.0%

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 Indiana EBT online for delivery?

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

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

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

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

  1. ALDI
  2. Amazon
  3. Giant Eagle
  4. Jewel Osco
  5. Kroger
  6. Meijer
  7. Sam’s Club Scan & Go
  8. Schnuck’s Market
  9. Strack and Van Til
  10. Stop & Shop
  11. Target
  12. Town and Country
  13. Walmart
  14. Whole Foods

Can I use my Indiana EBT Card to buy Pet Food?

No, you cannot use your Indiana Hooiser Works Card and EBT benefits to purchase pet food.

Your Indiana EBT card works like a normal debit card. You can your Hooiser Works Card and food stamp benefits to purchase eligible food items from most grocery stores.

However, there is a list of items that you cannot purchase with your Indiana EBT Card, including pet food.

You CANNOT use Indiana SNAP EBT benefits to buy:

  • Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes, or tobacco
  • Vitamins, medicines, and supplements
  • Live animals (except shellfish, fish removed from water, and animals slaughtered prior to pick-up from the store)
  • Prepared Foods fit for immediate consumption
  • Hot foods
  • Any nonfood items such as:
    • Pet food
    • Cleaning supplies
    • Paper products
    • Household supplies
    • Hygiene items
    • Cosmetics

Income Limit for Indiana Food Stamps Summary

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Carrie Brenner

Carrie is a lead writer and editor for Food Stamps Now. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Salisbury University. Carrie specializes in content creation, website development, graphic design, SEO and content strategy for Food Stamps Now. She is passionate about helping low income Americans access the resources and information to improve their quality of life.

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