Food stamps: New Mexico SNAP payments worth up to $1,751 for January to wrap up in one day

New Mexico residents who receive food stamps from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will be sent their benefits for January in just one day.

SNAP benefits for low-income New Mexican families and individuals will be sent by Saturday. Payments begin to be issued on the 1st of the month and then end on the 20th. The day the food stamps are sent is based on the last two digits of a recipient’s Social Security number.

Recipients with Social Security numbers ending in 09, 29, 49, 69, and 89 should have collected benefits on Thursday. Recipients with numbers ending in 10, 30, 50, 70, 90 will collect on Friday. Households with Social Security numbers ending in 00, 20, 40, 60, and 80 will collect their benefits on Saturday.

The amounts that households receive depend on household size, income limits, and additional assets. The maximum payment that a household of one can receive is $291, while the payment for a household of five is $1,155 and $1,751 for a household of eight. For each household member after eight, $219 is added.


SNAP benefits are loaded onto an electronic benefits transfer card every month, and recipients can use the card at grocery stores to purchase eligible food products such as fruits, vegetables, bread, meat and poultry, and drinks. Recipients are barred from using SNAP benefits for products such as pet food, alcohol, and household items such as paper and soap.

New Mexicans interested in applying for SNAP can do so through New Mexico’s self-service eligibility portal called YesNM. This application is used for public assistance benefits such as SNAP, Medicaid, and the Low-Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program.