It’s a new year and with the continued increase in food prices, one of the questions we have received from Ohio SNAP recipients is whether there will be an increase in Ohio food stamps benefits. Specifically, will there be a cost of living adjustment to food stamps benefits in 2022 to make up for the increase in food prices? In this post, we will explain in detail what the 2022 Ohio Food Stamps Increase will be, the income limits to qualify for benefits, and how much a family of 3 or 6 will get in SNAP benefits.
Additionally, we will provide a list of other food stamps changes in 2022 that may affect your benefits.
2022 Ohio Food Stamps Increase
If you are approved for food stamps in Ohio, how much in benefits you get partly depends on the:
- Number of people in your household,
- Total amount of your household’s income, and
- U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Thrifty Food Plan.
The Thrifty Food Plan is a government estimate of how much it costs to provide a household with nutritious, low-cost meals.
The table below shows the maximum food stamps benefits for households with zero income.
As your income increases, your Ohio SNAP benefit amount goes down.
|Household Size||Ohio SNAP Maximum Monthly Allotment||Estimated Average Monthly Benefit for 2022|
|Each Additional Member:||188|
How Much will a Family of 3 Get in Food Stamps?
Here’s how to calculate how much a family of 3 will get in Ohio SNAP benefits.
First, we need to start with the household income.
If you have a countable net income, multiply your net monthly income by 0.3 (30 percent).
Round up this amount to the nearest dollar.
Next, take this amount and subtract it from the maximum benefit level for a household of your size.
From the table above, the maximum a household of 3 could receive in Ohio SNAP is $658.
The result is the amount of your monthly Ohio SNAP benefits for a family of 3.
Here’s an example:
Example: Melissa and her family of three (3) have $1,650 in net income after allowable income and shelter deductions. To determine the family’s SNAP benefits, take 30% of the “net income” (30% of $1,650) and subtract it from the maximum benefit, as follows:
$1,650 Net Income for Melissa’s family
x .30 (Multiply by 30%)
$ 495 Countable Income
$ 658 Maximum SNAP for 3 persons
-$495 Countable income
$ 163 Monthly SNAP benefits for Melissa’s family
How much will a Family of 6 get in Ohio SNAP?
Using the same example above, we are going to calculate how much Melissa’s family will get if they were a family of 6 with the same $2,350 net income.
From the table above, the maximum a household of 6 could receive in Ohio SNAP is $1,190.
Example: Melissa and his family of six (6) have $2,350 in net income after allowable income and shelter deductions. To determine the family’s SNAP benefits, take 30% of the “net income” (30% of $2,350) and subtract it from the maximum benefit, as follows:
$ 2,350 Net Income for Melissa’s family
x .30 (Multiply by 30%)
$ 705 Countable Income
$ 1,190 Maximum SNAP for 6 persons
-$705 Countable income
$ 485 Monthly SNAP benefits for Melissa’s family
Emergency SNAP Allotment for Ohio to Continue
The emergency SNAP allotment Food Stamps recipients in Ohio that were implemented due to COVID-19 will continue into 2022.
On March 9, 2020 Governor Mike DeWine declared a state of emergency for the entire state of Ohio (Executive Order 2020-01D) to protect the well-being of the citizens of Ohio from COVID-19.
Additionally, on March 13, 2020, President Trump declared a national state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Public Law 116-127) became law on March 18, 2020 and allowed states to request emergency allotments (EA) “for households participating in the supplemental nutrition assistance program.
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) received approval from FNS to issue EAs to assistance groups (AG) beginning March 2020 and ongoing until such a time as either the federal public health emergency declaration is rescinded or Ohio’s state of emergency ends.
As of April 2022, Ohio continues to issue EA benefits, according to USDA records, and plans to do so in May 2022.
Other Food Stamps Changes in 2022
Here are the other Ohio SNAP changes in 2022 that may affect your benefits:
Updated Ohio Income Limits for 2022
The biggest factor when determining if you are eligible for food stamp benefits is your household income.
Each year, the USDA is responsible for setting the Income Eligibility Standards for SNAP. These standards are then used to perform an income test on all households that apply for food stamp benefits.
The income test is required for all households, unless your household is already receiving cash assistance benefits from the federal government or your state.
Most households must have a total gross monthly income less than or equal to 200% of the federal poverty level (FPL), to be potentially eligible for OhioSNAP benefits.
If your household has a person who is 60 or older or disabled, only the net income limit must be met.
The Ohio SNAP Income Limit for 2021-2022 is based on your household’s total income and size.
To see if your household’s income meets the fiscal year 2022 SNAP Eligibility Requirements, use the chart below:
|Ohio SNAP Income Eligibility Standards for Fiscal Year 2022|
|Effective October 1, 2021 – September 30, 2022|
|Household Size||Ohio SNAP Maximum Gross Monthly Income (130% of FPIG)||Maximum Net Monthly Income (100% of FPIG)|
|Each additional person||$492||$379|
New Allowable Deductions for 2022
To calculate your net monthly income, you must deduct approved household expenses. Here are the expenses that can be deducted from your household’s gross income:
- 20% deduction from Earned Income
- Standard deduction of $177 for households with 1 to 3 people and $184 for households with 4 or more people (see chart below)
- Dependent care deduction when needed for work, training, or education
- A deduction for elderly or disabled members medical expenses that exceed $35 a month (if not paid by insurance or someone else)
- Any legally owed child support payments can be deducted
- Homeless Household’s shelter costs deduction of $159.73.
- A deduction for excess shelter costs that exceed more than half of the household’s income (after the other deductions listed above & cannot exceed $597 unless a household member is elderly or disabled).
Ohio P-EBT benefits Extended into 2022
P-EBT benefits have been extended in Ohio for the 2021-22 school year. Here’s what you need to know:
To be eligible for P-EBT benefits, a school must be eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program and are either participating in the National School Lunch Program or the Seamless Summer Option in school year 2021-2022 and meet at least one of the following conditions:
- The school has operated fully remote or closed with no instruction due to COVID for at least five consecutive days between Aug.1, 2021-June 30, 2022;
- OR, The school has operated a hybrid schedule for all students for at least five consecutive days between Aug. 1, 2021-June 30, 2022; OR
- The student’s assigned school building provides fully in-person instruction between Aug. 1, 2021-June 30, 2022, but has students fully remote learning by parent option due to COVID-19; OR
- The school provides fully in-person instruction between Aug. 1, 2021-June 30, 2022, but has at least one student who has stayed home at least five consecutive school days due to COVID-19 or COVID-19 quarantine.
2022 Ohio Food Stamps Increase Summary
We hope this post on the 2022 Ohio Food Stamps Increase was helpful.
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