Food stamps: What date are SNAP benefits cards reloaded across the country

A convenience store in Washington D.C. displays signage for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, (SNAP) commonly known as food stamps. (Graeme Jennings/Washington Examiner)

Food stamps: What date are SNAP benefits cards reloaded across the country

Rachel Schilke

May 26, 08:43 AM May 26, 08:43 AM

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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits continue to be reloaded for low-income families throughout May.

Recipients usually see their SNAP benefits reloaded on the same day each month, with the date depending upon a recipient’s Social Security number, last name, case number, or account number.


SNAP benefits are generally reloaded between the 1st and 10th of the month, with some exceptions in several states. The last digit of the head of the household’s individual identification number will identify the date a recipient receives benefits each month.

Here are the dates recipients can expect to see their SNAP benefits reloaded by state:

Alabama: May 4-23

Alaska: May 1

Arizona: May 1-13

Arkansas: May 4-13

California: May 1-10

Colorado: May 1-10

Connecticut: May 1-3

Delaware: May 2-23

District of Columbia: May 1-10

Florida: May 1-28

Georgia: May 5-23

Hawaii: May 3-5

Idaho: May 1-10

Illinois: May 1-10 and older cases May 1-20

Indiana: May 5-23

Iowa: May 1-10

Kansas: May 1-10

Kentucky: May 1-19

Louisiana: May 1-23

Maine: May 10-14

Maryland: May 4-23

Massachusetts: May 1-14

Michigan: May 3-21

Minnesota: May 4-13

Mississippi: May 4-21

Missouri: May 1-22

Montana: May 2-6

Nebraska: May 1-5

Nevada: May 1-10

New Hampshire: May 5

New Jersey: May 1-5

New Mexico: May 1-20

New York: May 1-9

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North Carolina: May 3-21

North Dakota: May 1

Ohio: May 2-20

Oklahoma: May 1-10

Oregon: May 1-9

Pennsylvania: May 3-14

Rhode Island: May 1

South Carolina: May 1-10

South Dakota: May 10

Tennessee: May 1-20

Texas: May 1-28

Utah: May 5, 11, and 15

Vermont: May 1

Virginia: May 1-7

Washington: May 1-20

West Virginia: May 1-9

Wisconsin: May 1-15

Wyoming: May 1-4

After applying and being approved for SNAP benefits, the amount is transferred to a prepaid electronic benefit transfer, or EBT, card. The EBT card works like a debit card that can be used at grocery stores and farmers markets or at some retailers online, and the money is intended for purchasing healthy foods.

Household income generally must be at or below 130% of the poverty line. In federal fiscal 2023, the poverty line used to calculate SNAP benefits is $1,920 a month. For example, 130% of the poverty line for a three-person family is $2,495 a month, or about $29,940 a year.

An average monthly SNAP benefit for a household of three is $577, with a maximum of $740, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. An average payment for a household of eight is $1,150, with a maximum of $1,691. Any household higher than eight can be calculated by adding a maximum of $211 per additional person.

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