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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, 2017. 

Q: How are benefits changing? 

A: Most recipients will see a reduction 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 based on certain food costs included in the USDA’s Thrifty Food Plan. For the past several years, the annual cost-of-living adjustment has increased SNAP benefits for most recipients. This year, the adjustment triggered a slight reduction in monthly SNAP benefits.

Q: How will this change my monthly allotment?

A. Most recipients will see a slight decrease in maximum monthly benefits of 1-1.4 percent. The monthly minimum will also decrease by $1, from $16 to $15.

Household Size Oct. 1, 2016 Oct. 1, 2017 Change
1 $194 $192 -$2
2 $357 $352 -$5
3 $511 $504 -$7
4 $649 $640 -$9
5 $771 $760 -$11
6 $925 $913 -$12
7 $1,022 $1,009 -$13
8 $1,169 $1,153 -$16
Each additional person +$146 +$144 -$2

Q: Will some clients see an increase in benefits?

A: Yes. The income eligibility standards and deductions will increase on October 1. As a result, some SNAP clients who are not currently receiving the monthly maximum or minimum allotment may see an increase in their monthly benefit.

  • The gross and net monthly income limits for households will increase by a range of 1.1 to 1.6 percent.
  • The resources limit for eligible households including at least one person who is age 60 or older, or is disabled, will increase by $250, from $3,250 to $3,500.
  • The limit for all other eligible households will remain the same 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: Is it possible to see no change in benefits at all?

A: Yes. A small number of SNAP recipients may see no change, due to their allotment reduction and their deduction increases canceling each other out.

Q: How can I find out how the October 1, 2017, 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