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December 28, 2009
Food stamps on the rise
Use in Idaho
In Idaho, the average is about 10 days for regular food stamps and one day for emergency food stamps.
About 30 percent of all applications fall into the emergency category, which is determined after analyzing housing costs, income and assets, among other factors.
In September alone, the most recent data available, Idaho issued $20,431,000 of federal dollars to food stamp recipients in the state.
Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, or Quest Card, as it is more commonly known, can be used in card scanners at grocery stores. Food stamp benefits are posted to Quest Cards during the first five days of the month.
The amount of assistance those eligible receive is based on many factors, including income, housing costs, citizenship and household size.
What you can and can't buy with food stamps
Penalties for misusing food stamps
If you are convicted of the following offenses, you are ineligible for food stamp benefits for life: