Indiana distributes food stamps from the 5th to the 23rd of every month on odd days. Recipients usually see their SNAP benefits reloaded on the same day each month, with a specific date depending on the first letter of the household’s last name.
Households with last names A through V should collect their payments by Sunday. SNAP recipients with last names starting with W, X, Y, and Z will collect their payments on Tuesday, the final payment date for January. Payments will start up again on Feb. 5.
Multiple requirements must be met to be eligible for food stamps, depending on the household and income threshold. The typical asset and resource limit is $5,000 for most households, according to the state government.
The average payment per household member per month in Indiana is $182. Approximately 617,600 people, or 9% of the state’s population, receive food stamps.
A household of one can receive a maximum of $291, a household of five can receive a maximum of $1,155, and a household of eight can receive a maximum of $1,751. A household can receive a maximum of $219 for each additional person after eight. These amounts are based on the cost-of-living adjustments for 2023-24.
Benefits are loaded on an electronic benefits transfer card, known as the Hoosier Works card in Indiana. Food stamps can be used to buy grocery items, such as meat and poultry products, bread and cereal, and seeds for growing food. SNAP cannot be used to purchase alcohol, cleaning supplies, or pet food.