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What is the Average Food Stamps Amount for 2023?

What is the average food stamps amount for 2023? How much will a family of 3, 4, or 5 get on average in SNAP benefits if eligible? What are the average SNAP benefits by state? We’ve answered these questions below.

Additionally, we have provided an example below of how much a family of 3 or 5 may receive in food stamps based on their net income.

You can use our food stamps calculator to figure out how much your household may get in benefits based on your household net income.

Table of Contents:

  • What is the Average Food Stamps Amount for 2023?
  • Average Food Stamps Benefit Amount by State
  • How Much Will a Family of 3 Get in Food Stamps?
  • How much Will a Family of 5 get in Food Stamps?

What is the Average Food Stamps Amount for 2023?

As you can see from the chart below, the national average food stamps amount for one person in 2023 is $197.

Additionally, a household of 3 people should expect an average benefit amount of $586.

Also, a family of 5 would receive an average food stamps benefit amount of $842.

See the complete table below:

Maximum SNAP Benefit Amount by Household Size
Effective October 1, 2022 – September 30, 2023
Household Size Maximum SNAP Benefit Allotment Estimated Average Monthly Benefit
1 $281 $197
2 $516 $377
3 $740 $586
4 $939 $718
5 $1,116 $842
6 $1,339 $981
7 $1,480 $1,062
8 $1,691 $1,282
Each Additional Household Member: Add $211

Average Food Stamps Benefit Amount by State

Find below the average food stamps benefit amount by state.

Scroll down to find locate your state for the average SNAP amount for an individual.

State Average Monthly Food Stamps Benefit Amount (2019)
Alabama $242
Alaska $368
Arizona $250
Arkansas $235
California $247
Colorado $227
Connecticut $216
Delaware $223
Florida $212
Georgia $260
Hawaii $457
Idaho $240
Illinois $240
Indiana $257
Iowa $215
Kansas $229
Kentucky $247
Louisiana $265
Maine $183
Maryland $210
Massachusetts $205
Michigan $215
Minnesota $196
Mississippi $233
Missouri $250
Montana $226
Nebraska $245
Nevada $211
New Hampshire $186
New Jersey $224
New Mexico $233
New York $230
North Carolina $238
North Dakota $240
Ohio $237
Oklahoma $248
Oregon $194
Pennsylvania $214
Rhode Island $192
South Carolina $250
South Dakota $265
Tennessee $246
Texas $266
Utah $266
Vermont $209
Virginia $232
Washington $201
West Virginia $200
Wisconsin $198
Wyoming $251

How Much Will a Family of 3 Get in Food Stamps?

Here’s how to calculate how much a family of 3 will get in 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 3 could receive in CalFresh is $740.

The result is the amount of your monthly CalFresh benefits for a family of 3.

Here’s an example:

Example: Steve and his family of three (3) 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:

$ 1,550 Net Income for Steve’s family
x .30 (Multiply by 30%)
$ 465 Countable Income
$ 740 Maximum SNAP for 3 persons
-$465 Countable income (round up)
$ 275 Monthly SNAP benefits for Steve’s family

How much Will a Family of 5 get in Food Stamps?

Using the same example above, we are going to calculate how much Steve’s family will get if they were a family of 5 with the same $2,300 net income.

From the table above, the maximum a household of 5 could receive in CalFresh is $1,116.

Example: Steve and his family of five (five) have $2,300 in net income after allowable income and shelter deductions. To determine the family’s SNAP benefits, take 30% of the “net income” (30% of $2,300) and subtract it from the maximum benefit, as follows:

$ 2,300 Net Income for Steve’s family
x .30 (Multiply by 30%)
$ 690 Countable Income
$ 1,116 Maximum SNAP for 5 persons
-$690 Countable income (round up)
$ 426 Monthly SNAP benefits for Steve’s family

Average Food Stamps Amount Summary

We hope this post on Average Food Stamps Amount for 2023 was helpful.

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Kwame Kuadey

Kwame Kuadey writes about personal finance and the social safety net. His career started in banking but he caught the entrepreneurial bug and has spent the last decade building successful businesses, including an Inc. 500 Company. Kwame believes everyone has the power to improve their quality of life by seeking knowledge and taking action. In 2012, Kwame founded Empower Media to help low-income households improve their financial situation. His expertise is in topics relevant to low-income households, including government benefits and assistance, banking products, access to credit, plus tools & resources to help reduce income volatility and build wealth. Kwame has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc. Magazine, Washington Post, ABC, and NPR.

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