Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Manual

1130.035.00 Basis of Issuance and Determining Benefit Levels

IM-81 September 21, 2023; IM-34 April 25, 2018; IM-140 November 20, 2017; IM-26 March 19, 2004

After eligibility is established, the eligibility system assigns a SNAP allotment from the Basis of Issuance Tables based on income figures from the application. Normally, the household receives the full monthly allotment throughout its certification period. However, for the initial month, the household is entitled to only a partial allotment.

For the first month a household applies for SNAP and for any subsequent application months following a break in participating in the program, the benefit amount is prorated by reducing the monthly allotment in proportion to the number of days from the date of application until the end of the month (see 1130.010.00 Proration).

The proration amount is averaged based on a 30-day month. The eligibility system makes a determination about eligibility and allotment by considering all income and resources available to the household for the month regardless of if the household receives the full monthly allotment or a prorated amount.

Note: Any eligible one or two person household will be eligible for the minimum monthly allotment of $23; however, due to proration the initial month’s benefits may be less than $23.

Households consisting of three or more person that are eligible for $1, $3, or $5 allotments for subsequent months receive allotments of $2, $4, and $6 respectively.