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SNAP Benefits

The total amount of monthly benefit-eligible District of Columbia (District) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households receive is based on several factors including income, deductions, and the number of individuals in the households. The monthly benefit is called an allotment.  SNAP benefits are placed on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card and the benefits can be used to purchase food at local retailers and participating online retailers.

Maximum Monthly Benefit Levels
Because SNAP households are expected to spend about 30 percent of their own resources on food, your allotment is calculated by multiplying your household’s net monthly income by 0.3 and subtracting the result from the maximum monthly allotment for your household size.

The below represents the maximum SNAP monthly allotment by household size. These allotment levels are set by the Federal government and are subject to change each October 1.  SNAP households may receive less than the maximum monthly allotment.

Effective January 1, 2021 – September 30, 2021

Household Size

Maximum Monthly Allotment

1

$250

2

$459

3

$658

4

$835

5

$992

6

$1,190

7

$1,316

8

$1,504

Each Additional Member

$188

 

Monthly Benefit Distribution Schedule
The day your benefits are available on your EBT Card is based on the first letter of your last name. Please see the schedule below for the day your benefits will be on your card.

SNAP Monthly Issuance Schedule

First Letter of Last Name

Date

A or B

1st of month

C

2nd of month

D, E, or F

3rd of month

G or H

4th of month

I, J, or K

5th of month

L or M

6th of month

N, O, P, or Q

7th of month

R or S

8th of month

T, U, or V

9th of month

W, X, Y, or Z

10th of month

 

Using SNAP Benefits
What can I purchase with SNAP?

SNAP benefits can be used to purchase the following:

  • Fruits and vegetables;
  • Meat, poultry, and fish;
  • Dairy products;
  • Breads and cereals;
  • Other foods such as snack foods and non-alcoholic beverages; and
  • Seeds and plants, which produce food for the household to eat.

Households CANNOT use SNAP benefits to buy:

  • Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes, or tobacco
  • Vitamins, medicines, and supplements. If an item has a Supplement Facts label, it is considered a supplement and is not eligible for SNAP purchase.
  • Live animals (except shellfish, fish removed from the water, and animals slaughtered prior to pick-up from the store).
  • Prepared Foods fit for immediate consumption
  • Hot foods
  • Any nonfood items such as:
    • Pet foods 
    • Cleaning supplies, paper products, and other household supplies.
    • Hygiene items, cosmetics

Where can I use SNAP?

SNAP is accepted at most stores that sell grocery items. You can use the SNAP Retail Locator to find a store near you that accepts SNAP benefits.  Just enter your address.

In addition to in-person stores, you can use SNAP to purchase eligible food items online for delivery to your residence from the following locations.

SNAP benefits cannot be used to pay for fees or delivery charges.

Some retailers in the District also allow SNAP households to reserve food items online for you to pick-up and pay using your EBT card in-person. As store policy changes, check with your local store.  Currently,

  • Safeway in Piney Branch located at 6500 Piney Branch Road, NW, provides an option for customers to place an online order for groceries for pickup. During pickup, you must have your EBT card available to process payment.
    • Additional information about the SNAP EBT Program at Safeway is available here

Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Card
For more information about Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards, click here.

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