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2024 Georgia Food Stamps Increase

With the continued rise of food prices, one of the most-asked questions we receive is whether there will be an increase in Georgia food stamps benefits. Specifically, if there will be a cost-of-living adjustment for fiscal year 2024. In this article, we will cover everything you need to know about the Georgia Food Stamps Increase for 2024.

Additionally, we will review the other changes coming to the Food Stamps Program for 2024, including the new income limits to qualify for SNAP benefits and how much a family of 4 or 5 will get in benefits.

To learn more about the 2024 Georgia Food Stamps Increase, continue reading below.

Georgia Food Stamps Increase for 2024

2024 Georgia Food Stamps Increase

If you are approved for food stamps in Georgia, how much in benefits you get partly depends on the:

  • Number of people in your household,
  • Total amount of your household’s income, and
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Thrifty Food Plan.

The Thrifty Food Plan is a government estimate of how much it costs to provide a household with nutritious, low-cost meals.

The table below shows the maximum Georgia food stamp benefits for households with zero income.

The minimum Georgia SNAP benefit you can receive in 2024 is $23.

As your income increases, your Georgia food stamp benefits go down.

Georgia SNAP Maximum Benefit Amount by Household Size for Fiscal Year 2024
Effective October 1, 2023 – September 30, 2024
Household Size Maximum SNAP Benefit Allotment
1 $291
2 $535
3 $766
4 $973
5 $1,155
6 $1,386
7 $1,532
8 $1,751
Each Additional Household Member: Add $219

Here are some highlights:

A two-person household could receive $19 more in maximum SNAP benefits, from $516 to $535.

The maximum SNAP benefit for a family of 4 will increase by $34 from $939 to $973.

Additionally, a family of 5 will see their maximum food stamps benefits increase to $1,155 from $1,116 – an increase of $39.

As you can see, there has not been a significant increase in SNAP Maximum Allotment benefits from fiscal year 2023 to 2024.

To find out how much a family of 4 or 5 can expect to receive in food stamp benefits in 2024, continue reading below.

How Much Will a Family of 4 Get in Food Stamps?

Here’s how to calculate how much a family of 4 will get in Georgia SNAP benefits.

First, we need to start with the household income.

If you have a countable net income, multiply your net monthly income by 0.3 (30 percent).

Round up this amount to the nearest dollar.

Next, take this amount and subtract it from the maximum benefit level for a household of your size.

From the table above, the maximum a household of 4 could receive in Georgia SNAP is $973.

The result is the amount of your monthly Georgia SNAP benefits for a family of 4.

Here’s an example:

Example: Gwen and her family of four (4) have $1,550 in net income after allowable income and shelter deductions. To determine the family’s SNAP benefits, take 30% of the “net income” (30% of $1,550) and subtract it from the maximum benefit, as follows:

$1,800 Net Income for Gwen’s family
x .30 (Multiply by 30%)
$540 Countable Income
$973 Maximum SNAP for 4 persons
-$540 Countable income
$433 Monthly SNAP benefits for Gwen’s family

How much will a Family of 5 get in Georgia SNAP?

Using the same example above, we are going to calculate how much Gwen’s family will get if they were a family of 5 with the same $1,800 net income.

From the table above, the maximum a household of 5 could receive in Georgia SNAP is $1,1155

Example: Gwen and his family of five (five) have $1,800 in net income after allowable income and shelter deductions. To determine the family’s SNAP benefits, take 30% of the “net income” (30% of $1,800) and subtract it from the maximum benefit, as follows:

$1,800 Net Income for Gwen’s family
x .30 (Multiply by 30%)
$540 Countable Income
$1,155 Maximum SNAP for 5 persons
-$540 Countable income
$615 Monthly SNAP benefits for Gwen’s family

Other Food Stamps Changes in 2024

Here are the other Georgia SNAP changes in 2024 that may affect your benefits:

Updated Georgia Food Stamp Income Limits for 2024

The biggest factor when determining if you are eligible for food stamp benefits is your household income.

Each year, the USDA is responsible for setting the Income Eligibility Standards for SNAP. These standards are then used to perform an income test on all households that apply for food stamp benefits.

The income test is required for all households unless your household is already receiving cash assistance benefits from the federal government or your state.

Most households must have a total gross monthly income less than or equal to 150% of the federal poverty level (FPL), to be potentially eligible for Georgia SNAP benefits.

If your household has a person who is 60 or older or disabled, only the net income limit must be met.

The Georgia SNAP Income Limit for fiscal year 2024 is based on your household’s total income and size.

To see if your household’s income meets the 2024 SNAP Income Eligibility Requirements, use the chart below:

Georgia SNAP Income Limits (2023-2024)

Georgia SNAP Income Eligibility Standards for Fiscal Year 2024
Effective October 1, 2023 – September 30, 2024
Household Size Monthly Gross Income for Households with an Elderly or Disabled Member (200% of FPL) Monthly Gross Income for Households with Earned Income & No Elderly or Disabled Member (150% of FPL) Monthly Gross Income for Households without Earned Income & No Elderly or Disabled Member (130% of FPL)
Monthly Net Income (100% of FPL)
1 $2,430 $1,823 $1,580 $1,215
2 $3,288 $2,466 $2,137 $1,644
3 $4,144 $3,108 $2,694 $2,072
4 $5,000 $3,750 $3,250 $2,500
5 $5,858 $4,394 $3,807 $2,929
6 $6,714 $5,036 $4,364 $3,357
7 $7,570 $5,678 $4,921 $3,785
8 $8,428 $6,321 $5,478 $4,214
Each Additional Household Member: Add $858 $644 $557 $429

New Allowable Deductions for 2023

To calculate your net monthly income, you must deduct approved household expenses. Here are the expenses that can be deducted from your household’s gross income:

  • 20% deduction from Earned Income.
  • Standard deduction of $198 for households with 1 to 3 people, $208 for households with 4 people, $244 for households with 5 people and $279 for households with 6 or more people.
  • Dependent care deduction when needed for work, training, or education.
  • A deduction for elderly or disabled member’s medical expenses that exceed $35 a month (if not paid by insurance or someone else).
  • Any legally owed child support payments can be deducted.
  • Homeless Household’s shelter costs deduction of $179.66.
  • A deduction for excess shelter costs that exceed more than half of the household’s income (after the other deductions listed above & cannot exceed $672 unless a household member is elderly or disabled).

Increase in Georgia SNAP Resources Limit

According to the USDA, the resources limit for households applying for food stamps will not change and remain the same at $2,750 for Georgia.

Additionally, the resource limit for households where at least one person is age 60 or older, or is disabled, will remain the same at $4,250.

Also, if your household is required to report changes in income to continue receiving SNAP, you are required to report changes in income above $125 a month.

SNAP Maximum Asset Limit for Fiscal Year 2024
Effective October 1, 2023 – September 30, 2024
Household Type Maximum Amount
Households with a member who is elderly (60+) or disabled $4,250
All other households $2,750

2024 Georgia Food Stamps Increase Summary

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