This article is about the Georgia food stamps income limit for 2016 and 2017. If you are applying for food stamps (SNAP Benefits) in the state of Georgia, one of the most important criteria you must meet to be approved for the EBT card is the income limit. While there are other criteria for qualification that you must meet, the income limit is the most important. There are a lot of misconceptions about food stamps out there, and as a result, people who legitimately need the help do not apply because of the stigmatization that come with it. However, the truth is that 40% of households on food stamps have at least one adult that is working. The issue is not lazy people wanting to take advantage of the system. The issue is that people are not making enough money to afford food for their families, hence their reliance on public assistance to supplement what they are making in income.
Georgia food stamp income limit 2017
The image below shows the income limits for Food stamps for 2017. As you can see, it is based on household income and the number of people living in that household. It looks at the gross household income and then allows for certain expenses to be deducted so that you can reach the net monthly income that is then used to determine how much in SNAP food stamps that household can get.
Once you meet the eligibility requirements for income and are able to satisfy the other application requirements, you will probably have a high chance of getting approved for SNAP benefits. How much you will receive again depends on the number of people in your household. If approved, you will be given an EBT card, which in Georgia is called a Peach Card while in places like Tennessee, it is called a Benefits Security Card or SNAP EBT Card. You can use this card to make food purchases that are approved on the list for food stamps.
There are several ways to check the balance on your card. The first way is to go online. You can also call the phone number at the back of your card. You can also check your last receipt, which should have the balance at the bottom.
Food Stamps (also known as SNAP Benefits) is one of the most misunderstood government programs out there. Politicians have made sure that a program that is designed to help families in need with food assistance has turned into a political football that is now used as an excuse to bash poor people. But when you get past the politics of it all and dig deeper, you will find that for the overwhelming number of people on SNAP EBT benefits, it has been a lifesaver, providing the critical safety net that it was designed to be. Here are three facts you did not know about SNAP benefits that may surprise you.
Most People on SNAP Don’t Have Jobs
It’s a big believe in the general population that those who are on food stamps are lazy, unemployed people who just want to feed off the government. However, according to government data, 60 percent of households with Children that receive food stamps have adults who actually work. The problem is that they don’t make enough money to be able to afford enough food for themselves and their children, hence their reliance on SNAP benefits to make up the shortfall.
Food Stamps is Filled with Fraud
Actually, this one is flatly not true. When you have a program with over 40 million recipients, you are always going to find stories of people trying to cheat the system. However, the overwhelming number of food stamp money goes to what is was intended for – buying food that is on the approved list. The government’s own data shows that not only is food stamp fraud down dramatically over the last 15 years, but waste in the system is now at an all time low of about 3%. And here is the bigger truth – the biggest culprits when it comes to fraud in the SNAP program are not consumers, but actually retailers that are participating in the program – that’s where most of the fraud comes form.
People Who are Here Illegally are on Food Stamps
This is one of the biggest misconceptions about the program. It’s been heightened by politicians, who peddle this lie to scare constituents into believing that their tax dollars are being wasted. But the truth is that undocumented immigrants have never been eligible for food stamps. Even for those who are documented, they have to have lived here for five years to even be eligible to apply (with exceptions for refugees, asylees and children). Therefore the idea that people are just getting off the plane or crossing the border and going straight to the food stamps office to apply for SNAP benefits is just not true and has never been.