Guide for 2024 SNAP EBT Payment Schedule in Illinois

SNAP benefits are deposited onto your EBT card monthly, typically on the same day of every month. You can use your EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) card just like a debit card to buy SNAP-eligible food items. Most grocery stores and many retailers and convenience stores accept SNAP EBT benefits.

SNAP benefit amounts are based on a household's net income, which is total income minus some deductions for categories such as rent, utilities, and dependent care expenses. It can be difficult to calculate your benefit amount without a calculator, and benefits can vary by state, so you can use our SNAP Benefits Calculator can give you a dollar estimate. If you already receive SNAP, you can see how your benefit might change if your income or expenses change.

This information was collected from USDA and state SNAP/WIC resources but is not official. This website is not affiliated with any government organization or SNAP/WIC program.

When are SNAP Payments Issued in Illinois?

The following information is from the official source, USDA.gov
From USDA (may be edited for clarity)
Beginning October 23, 2017, benefits are made available for new households between the 1st and the 10th based on the month previously set by the last digit of the Head of Household Individual ID number.

Older cases keep their previous availability dates on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 13th, 17th, and 20th.

Households may obtain information about eligibility and benefit availability:

• Calling the DHS Help Line at 1-800-843-6154
• Checking the LINK account at 1-800-678-LINK (5465)
• Visiting the following link: www.LINK.Illinois.gov.
End

What is the Maximum SNAP Benefit Amount in Illinois?

Maximimum SNAP benefit amounts are based on your household size.

  • 1 person
    $291 / month
  • 2 people
    $535 / month
  • 3 people
    $766 / month
  • 4 people
    $973 / month
  • 5 people
    $1155 / month
  • 6 people
    $1386 / month
  • 7 people
    $1532 / month
  • Each additional person
    +$429 / month

What is the Minimum SNAP Benefit Amount in Illinois?

The mimimum benefit for households of one or two people is $23. For larger households, there is no "official" minimum benefit.

What is the Average Benefit Amount in Illinois?

The average federal SNAP benefit amount in Illinois is about $197 per person or $360 per household. Benefits are based on a household's income, expenses, and how many people are in the household, so SNAP / food stamp benefit amounts may vary from household to household.
Data from Feburary 2024.
Already Get SNAP? You may be automatically qualified for other benefits such as Lifeline (cell phone benefit), discounts, and programs by receiving SNAP.