If you were planning to see if you are eligible for SNAP benefits, you may be a little saddened by this news.

As of September 1st, being eligible for the benefits just got a little harder.


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What Is SNAP?


According to the USDA,

"SNAP provides food benefits to low-income families to supplement their grocery budget so they can afford the nutritious food essential to health and well-being."

For years, U.S. citizens without children have been able to take part in the food benefits program.

If you worked 80 hours a month or were enrolled in an education or training program, you were good.

However, this only applies to people who are between 18 years old and 49 years old. But now, the age range has increased, which may affect you.

SNAP Changes

As of now, these are the recent and upcoming changes that have happened to eligibility.


As of September 1st, 50-year-olds must be working or be in school or training

Starting on October 1st of 2023, 51 and 52-year-olds must be working or be in school or training.

Starting on October 1st of 2024, 53 and 54-year-olds must be working or be in school or training.

These new requirements that Congress has issued affect all 50 states. They will also remain in place until at least October 1st, 2030.

As of now, an exemption has been made for the homeless, veterans, and 18 to 24-year-olds.

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