Idaho residents who are having financial trouble and need assistance can apply at their local Department of Health and Welfare office for food stamps. These benefits are loaded onto a card that works much like a debit card, allowing eligible residents to pay for food.
Gross Income Limits
As of 2011, a single person in Idaho can earn a gross maximum of $1,174 a month and still qualify for food stamp benefits, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A family of four can earn $2,389 a month while a family of six can earn $3,200. Gross income limits progressively increase by approximately $400 for each additional family member.
Net Income Limits
Net income is determined by subtracting earnings from deductions and taxes. As of 2011, a one-person household in Idaho can earn a net income of $903 a month and still qualify for food stamps. A family of four can earn $1,838 a month, and a family of six can earn $2,461. Net income limits increase by approximately $300 for each additional family member.
The state of Idaho has guidelines to determine whether an applicant is eligible for food stamps. These guidelines are based on income, citizenship, employment, residency in the state and resources on hand, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. Resources include, but are not limited to, cash, money in checking or savings accounts, stocks, bonds and certificates of deposit.
As of 2011, a single Idaho resident who meets eligibility requirements can receive as much as $200 a month in food stamp benefits. A family of three can receive $526 a month, and a family of six can receive $952. Benefit amounts increase by a approximately $150 for each additional family member.