Sometimes you can increase the amount of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits available to your unit by making some simple changes, such as:
- If you live with others and they buy and prepare their food separately, they are usually considered a separate SNAP unit. If you are treated as separate SNAP units, you will get more SNAP benefits than if everyone is combined into one unit;
- If you or your spouse are age 60 or older, and cannot buy and prepare food due to a serious disability, and any other people you live with have income which is below certain limits set by the Illinois Department of Human Services, you can be considered separate SNAP units; and
- If you are paying court-ordered child support to children who are not living with you, you may qualify for more food stamps.