Food stamps: February payments to Maryland residents worth up to $1,751 to end in 18 days

Maryland’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will conclude the distribution of its March payments in 18 days.

Roughly 13% of Maryland’s population, roughly 772,700 people, relies on food stamps. The amount received varies depending on income and the size of the household, but the average amount is $180.

Food stamps are distributed in the state from March 4 to March 23, with the first three letters of a recipient’s household’s last name determining the specific distribution date.

A full list of each last name and its corresponding date can be found here.

Single-person households can receive a maximum of $291, while an eight-person household can receive a maximum of $1,751. Larger households can receive $219 for each additional person.

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To qualify for the Old Line State’s SNAP payments, one’s gross income must be at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. For a single-person household, this is $18,954, while the maximum for a five-person household is $45,682.

The SNAP payments are loaded onto an Independence Card, Maryland’s version of an electronic benefits transfer card. The funds can only be used on food and nonalcoholic beverages.

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