Delaware starts distributing SNAP payments on the second day of each month. The First State is unique for having one of the longest distribution windows in the United States, and payments are distributed for most of the month. The issuance date is determined by the first letter of a recipient’s last name.
Payments for November are distributed between Nov. 2 and Friday, Nov. 24. People 21 years old and younger who live with their parents have to apply with them.
To qualify for SNAP payments in the First State, a household’s income cannot exceed 200% of the federal poverty level; a single-person household cannot make more than $2,266 monthly, and an eight-person household cannot make more than $7,772 monthly.
The amount for SNAP payments in Delaware is determined by the household size of recipients. Single-person households receive $291, and eight-person households receive $1,751. In households larger than eight, $219 is included for each additional person.
Delaware SNAP payments are automatically loaded on a Delaware Food First card, an electronic benefits transfer card. The card can be used like a credit card but is only for food and nonalcoholic drinks. The funds cannot be used on luxuries, including alcohol and tobacco products.
Created through the 1964 Food Stamp Act as one of President Lyndon B. Johnson‘s Great Society programs, SNAP has said it aims to improve the nutrition of impoverished people by supplementing their food costs.
The funds received each month remain on the card without expiring as long as the card remains in regular use. To check the amount remaining on their Delaware Food First cards, recipients can look at their last grocery receipt.
SNAP is active across all states and Washington, D.C., but there are some variations between each program.