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SNAP FAQ - Adjustments October 2019

Federal Adjustments to Impact SNAP Benefits, Beginning October 1

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released the new Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) adjustments that go into effect on October 1, 2019. 

Q: How are benefits changing? 

A: Most recipients will see an increase in monthly benefits, while others on the borderline who were not eligible in the past may now be able to receive assistance.   

Q: Why is this change taking place, and how is it determined?

A: Every year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) adjusts SNAP monthly benefits and eligibility standards based on overall inflation, the cost of certain food items and the average cost to heat and cool a home, among other things.

Q: How will this change my monthly allotment?

A. The monthly minimum will increase by $1, from $15 to $16. The monthly maximum allotments also will increase, as shown below:

Household Size Oct. 1, 2018 Oct. 1, 2019 Change
1 $192 $194 $2
2 $353 $355 $2
3 $505 $509 $4
4 $642 $646 $4
5 $762 $768 $6
6 $914 $921 $7
7 $1,011 $1,018 $7
8 $1,155 $1,164 $9
Each additional person +$144 +$146 $2

Q: Are income eligibility standards and deductions also changing?

A: Yes. The income eligibility standards and allowable deductions will increase on October 1. However, standard utility allowances, which are based on the average cost to heat and cool a home, will decrease slightly, as will the standard telephone allowance.

  • The gross monthly income limits will be as follows:

Household Size Maximum Gross Monthly Income
1 $1,354
2 $1,832
3 $2,311
4 $2,790
5 $3,269
6 $3,748
7 $4,227
8 $4,705
Each additional person
+$479

  • The monthly standard deduction is increasing by $3 or $6 per month, depending on household size, and the shelter cap will increase by $17, to $569.

Q: Are resource limits changing?

A: No. The resources limit for eligible households including at least one person who is age 60 or older, or is disabled, will remain unchanged at $3,500. The limit for all other eligible households will remain unchanged at $2,250.

Q: Is it possible that I could now be eligible for benefits, and how will I know?

A: It is possible that some clients who were on the borderline will now be eligible. Visit our CAFÉ Customer Service Portal at www.dcfs.la.gov/CAFE  to apply for SNAP benefits.

Q: How can I find out how the October 1, 2019, change will affect my family?

A: Your new benefit amount will appear in your balance on your availability date. Call the Customer Service Helpline number on the back of your Louisiana Purchase card. You will hear the amount of your October deposit in the last 10 transactions. However, the benefits from the October deposit will not be available to you until your regularly-scheduled availability date. 

For more information on the adjustments, visit the USDA Food and Nutrition Service at www.fns.usda.gov/snap/cost-living-adjustment-cola-information.

For more information about SNAP eligibility, visit www.dcfs.la.gov/snap.

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SNAP Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

1. Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

2. Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

3. Email: program.intake@usda.gov.

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