Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides food security to more than 41 million 

Americans (about one in eight). As a federal program, SNAP is administered by the states, 

So benefits are distributed differently across the country. Despite uniform eligibility requirements 

And benefit levels across all states except Alaska and Hawaii, according to the Census Bureau, 

The method of calculating benefits varies from state to state. Just 6% of New Hampshire's population participates in SNAP, 

And they receive a relatively low payment of $110. A full 17% of Louisiana's population receives SNAP, 

And the average payment is $135. There is no doubt that states with larger populations and 

States with higher poverty rates have more SNAP recipients. States can even change the name of the program. 

FoodShare is the name of the program in Wisconsin. CalFresh is the name of the program in California. 

The social safety net. Let's take a look at how the states distribute SNAP.

In 2022, household and individual allotments have gone up

SNAP will receive a cost of living adjustment (COLA) in 2022, according to the USDA. What you need to know:

1. A family of four can now receive $835 per month in the 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C.

2. A family of four in Alaska can now receive between $1,074 and $1,667 per month, depending on their rural/urban status.

3. For a family of four in Hawaii, the monthly limit has been raised to $1,573.

4. The minimum benefit increased to $20 in Washington, D.C., Alaska, and Hawaii, and $26 to $40 in the Lower 48.

5. Additionally, benefits were raised for Guam and the Virgin Islands.

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