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Food stamps: Up to $1,751 worth of SNAP payments in April will be completed in 18 days in Delaware

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Delaware's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will complete the transfer of April payments worth up to $1,751 within 18 days.

The First State begins distributing SNAP payments on the 2nd of each month. It has one of the longest distribution windows in the United States, with payments spread out over most of the month. The first letters of the recipients' last names determine the date of issuance of their payments.

The April payments were distributed Tuesday and will run through April 23.

To qualify for SNAP payments in Delaware, a household's income must not exceed 200% of the federal poverty level. A single-person household cannot have a monthly income of more than $2,266, and a household of eight people cannot earn more than $7,772 per month.

Other factors, such as the value of the assets, are taken into account. Those who are eligible can apply for SNAP benefits here.

The amount of SNAP payments depends on the size of the household. Single-person households receive a maximum of $291, eight-person households receive a maximum of $1,751. In households with more than eight people, each additional person is included at $219.

People under 21 who live with their parents must apply with them.

Delaware SNAP payments are automatically loaded onto Delaware Food First electronic benefit transfer cards, which can be used as food and non-alcoholic beverage debit cards. The funds cannot be used for luxury goods such as alcohol and tobacco products.

The credit received each month remains on the card and does not expire as long as the card is used regularly. To check the remaining balance on their Delaware Food First cards, recipients can view their previous food receipts.

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Established through the Food Stamp Act of 1964 as one of President Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society programs, SNAP aims to improve the nutrition of low-income people by supporting their food costs.

SNAP operates in all states and Washington, DC, with some variations.