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Income Limit for GA Food Stamps (2023)

In this article, we will cover the Income Limit for GA Food Stamps.

In order to be apply and be approved for SNAP food stamps in the state of Georgia, you have to meet strict eligibility guidelines that are set by the United States Department of Agriculture.

These guidelines are what the Georgia Department of Human Service’s Division of Family and Children Services relies on to determine if you qualify for food assistance or not.

That’s why it is important to understand how the income limit works and to properly determine where your income falls – so you can decide if you are eligible for GA Food stamps or not.

Income Limit for Georgia Food Stamp benefits

GA Food Stamps Income Limit

There are two income categories that one must meet to qualify for SNAP Benefits.

The first is the gross income test, followed by the net income test. According to USDA SNAP eligibility guidelines, most households must meet both the gross and net income tests, but a household with an elderly person or a person who is receiving certain types of disability payments only has to meet the net income test.

What is gross income?

Gross income is the total income for your household, before any taxes or expenses have been taken out.

What is net income?

Net income is your total household gross income minus allowable expenses and deductions.

Georgia SNAP Income Eligibility Chart (2023)

To find out if your household is eligible for food stamp benefits, you can use the SNAP Income Eligibility Chart below. Both monthly net and gross income are included on the chart.

To see if you are eligible, find your household size then you will be provided with the maximum income your household can have in a month.

Here is the Gross and Net Income Chart for 2023-2024:

Georgia SNAP Income Eligibility Standards for Fiscal Year 2024
Effective October 1, 2023 – September 30, 2024
Household Size Monthly Net Income (100% of FPL) Monthly Gross Income (130% of FPL)
1 $1,215 $1,580
2 $1,644 $2,137
3 $2,072 $2,694
4 $2,500 $3,250
5 $2,929 $3,807
6 $3,357 $4,364
7 $3,785 $4,921
8 $4,214 $5,478
Each Additional Household Member: +$429 +$557

Food Stamps Income Guidelines in Georgia

As you can see, the income guidelines for GA Food stamps is based on the number of people in your household.

If you are applying by yourself and have no dependents, then you need a gross monthly income of $1,580 or less to qualify for GA food stamps.

With a few exceptions, all households applying for food stamps in Georgia also have to meet the net monthly income limit.

If you do not fall under the net monthly income exemption, then you have to also have $1,215 or less in net monthly income to qualify.

Similarly, let’s say you have a household of 4 people, then your gross monthly income cannot be more than $3,250 to qualify and you cannot have more than $2,500 in net monthly income to qualify.

Here’s how you can calculate your household’s net income:

How to Calculate Net Income

To calculate your net monthly income, you have to subtract any eligible allowable deductions from your monthly gross income.

For help, use the list of allowable deductions provided below.

SNAP EBT Allowable Deductions

The expenses that can be deducted from your gross income include:

  • 20% deduction from Earned Income.
  • Standard deduction of $198 for households with 1 to 3 people and $279 for households with 6 or more people. See the standard deduction for 2024 in the chart below.
  • Dependent care deduction when needed for work, training, or education.
  • A deduction for elderly or disabled members 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). This deduction cannot exceed $672 unless a household member is elderly or disabled). Allowable excess shelter costs include:
    • Mortgage or rent payments
    • Property taxes
    • Household utilities including electricity, water, fuel for heat, and a basic phone line

Georgia SNAP Standard Deduction Amount

When determining your eligibility for Georgia food stamp benefits, you will subtract a standard deduction from your total household income. The standard deduction amount is based on two factors – your household size and location.

To find out how much your standard deduction will be, use the SNAP Standard Deduction Chart for fiscal year 2024 provided below:

Georgia SNAP Standard Deductions for Fiscal Year 2024
Effective October 1, 2023 – September 30, 2024
Household Size Standard Deduction
1-2 $198
3 $198
4 $208
5 $244
6+ $279

For detailed information on how to determine if you meet the Georgia SNAP Income Limits, check out our post here.

We will walk you through all the steps to calculate your monthly gross and net income.

If you meet the income guidelines above, then you can apply for GA Food stamps. For help on how to apply for Georgia Food Stamps, continue reading below.

How to Apply for Georgia SNAP EBT benefits

Apply for Georgia Food Stamps

If you think meet the qualifications for Georgia SNAP benefits, you can now submit your application for food stamps. There are three ways to apply for Georgia SNAP EBT benefits – by mail, in-person, or online.

For help completing the Georgia food stamp application process, continue reading below.

Apply for Georgia SNAP Online

If you would like to apply for Georgia SNAP benefits online, you can do so by visiting the Georgia Gateway website at gateway.ga.gov. For help with your Georgia food stamps online application, check out our article on how to apply.

Apply for Georgia SNAP by Mail

To apply for Georgia food stamp benefits by mail, you can print out and complete the Georgia SNAP Application. After that, mail your completed GA Food Stamps Application to your local Georgia DFCS Office.

To find the mailing address for your local DFCS Office, click here.

To download and print your Georgia SNAP Application, click this link: Georgia SNAP EBT Application for Benefits

Apply for Georgia SNAP in-Person

You can also apply for SNAP EBT benefits in Georgia by visiting your local county Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) Office. A caseworker will be able to help you complete and submit your application.

Click here to find a Georgia DFCS Office near you.

How much food stamps will I get in Georgia?

You must meet all eligibility requirements including the Georgia Food Stamps Income Limits, in order to be approved for benefits.

The amount of money you will get each month depends on your household size.

See the chart below for the maximum amount you may get based on the number of people in your household.

Maximum SNAP Benefit Amount by Household Size for 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: +$219

To find out exactly how much food stamps you will get in Georgia, follow our step-by-step instructions in the Georgia Food Stamps Calculator for 2023-2024.

Georgia SNAP Income Limit

We hope this post on the Income Limit for GA Food Stamps was helpful to you! To find out how much you can expect to get in Georgia food stamp benefits, check out our article here.

If you have additional questions about the Georgia food stamps program or need help with your benefits, please let us know in the comments section below. We are here to help!

Check out our other articles on Georgia Food Stamps:

Georgia Food Stamps Income Limits for 2023-2024
GA Food Stamp Calculator for 2024
Georgia SNAP Eligibility Guide
GA EBT Card Discounts & Freebies

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