Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Manual

1140.005.20 Increasing Benefits

IM-#52 May 30, 2013IM-#48 July 15, 2010IM-#36 April 22, 2010IM-#35 May 14, 2008IM-#80 August 27, 2004,  IM-#14 January 23, 2003

Take action on any reported or known change that increases benefits to an EU. Obtain sufficient information/verification as needed.

  • If verification is required (income, medical expenses, etc.) but is not provided, do not take the action to increase the benefits and do not close the case.
  • If verification is not required (shelter expenses, child care expenses, etc.), authorize the action to increase benefits.

Additional benefits must be issued no later than the first allotment available ten days after the date the change was reported. Increased benefits are issued for each month beginning with the month the change is entered into FAMIS.

EXAMPLE: On 8/15 an EU reports a $30 decrease in income. Since the normal availability date for the EU is 9/10, we are required to increase the September allotment or request supplemental benefits for September. (If the change is entered into FAMIS in August, additional benefits are issued by FAMIS for August.)

If the same decrease in income is reported on 8/28, and the normal availability date is 9/1, we are required to increase the EU’s allotment by the October issuance. (Additional benefits are issued by FAMIS beginning with the month the change is entered into FAMIS.)