Montana SNAP

Montana SNAP helps low-income people and families in Montana with cash assistance to buy the food they need for a nutritionally adequate diet.

Benefits are provided on the “Montana Access Card” — an electronic card that can be used to make food purchases at grocery stores and supermarkets, in lieu of paper food stamp coupons.


Who is eligible for SNAP in Montana? #

In order to qualify for SNAP, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Live in Montana
  2. Be a US Citizen or a lawful permanent resident
  3. Show proof of identity
  4. Meet certain income guidelines

As a condition of eligibility, all SNAP recipients in Montana are required to register for work, accept an offer of suitable work, or take part in an employment and training program, unless a specified exemption is met.

ABAWDs must comply with special work rules. Otherwise, receipt of SNAP benefits is limited to no more than 3 months during a 36-month period.

What is the income limit for food stamps in Montana? #

Most families in Montana with gross income up to 200% of the federal poverty level, about $4,143 a month for a family of three, qualify for food stamps. There is no asset test for most households in Montana.

Family Size 100% 200%
1 $1,215 $2,430
2 $1,643 $3,287
3 $2,072 $4,143
4 $2,500 $5,000
5 $2,928 $5,857
6 $3,357 $6,713
7 $3,785 $7,570
8 $4,213 $8,427

Gross income limit applies to most households, except those in which at least one person is 60 years of age or older, or receives disability income.

How much is SNAP in Montana? #

SNAP benefits are calculated based on a variety of factors, including the household size, income and allowable deductions.

For example, a family of three with no income may receive up to $740 in monthly SNAP benefits.

  • Family Size SNAP Benefits
  • 1 $281
  • 2 $516
  • 3 $740
  • 4 $939
  • 5 $1,116
  • 6 $1,339
  • 7 $1,480
  • 8 $1,691

The actual SNAP benefit amounts are based on a household's net income with a general rule that an increase of $100 in net income results in a reduction of $30 in benefits.

How do I apply for food stamps in Montana? #

You may apply for food stamps online at, under “Apply for Assistance”. If you don’t already have an account, please create one.

Eligibility pre-screening is also available, under “Am I Eligible”, which also pre-screens your likely eligibility for cash and medical benefits.

How long does it take to get SNAP in Montana? #

If you qualify for SNAP benefits, you will get them no later than 30 days from the date of the application. However, families with little or no money may be eligible for expedited SNAP and have their first benefits within 7 days.

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