SNAP is issued to low-income residents monthly to help with grocery purchases. In the Bluegrass State, food stamps are sent out Oct. 1 through Oct. 19, and payments are typically sent out based on the last digit of a recipient’s case number.
To qualify for SNAP, applicants must meet certain income and household requirements. The maximum payment is $291 for a household of one, $973 for a household of four, and $1,751 for a household of eight. Up to $219 is added to a household’s food stamps for each member after eight.
SNAP is issued on an electronic benefits transfer card, which can be used at participating grocery and convenience stores. Kentuckians can use their SNAP EBT card to purchase meat, poultry and fish products, dairy items, breads and cereals, and other eligible groceries. Products such as pet food, alcohol, and household items such as paper products and soap are not permitted to be purchased using SNAP.
In Kentucky, around 541,600 residents, or 12% of the population, receive food stamps, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Those interested in applying for or managing their SNAP benefits can do so through Kentucky’s benefits system, Kynect.