30% is the percentage of income that the average person is expected to spend on food. While this isn’t an exact amount and some households may spend more or less, it is the average expected amount. The amount of money households spend on food is proportionate to how much their income is.
The higher the income, the more you are expected to spend on food. If that amount is high enough, you won’t qualify for SNAP. The maximum monthly amounts are the limits in which households of different sizes are expected to spend on food in an average month.
The maximum amount is based on the size of the household because it is anticipated that the more people you have living in the house, the more you will need to be spending on food to feed everyone. While the actual amounts will likely vary based on the ages of the household members, the maximum limits are based solely on the number of people and does not take age into consideration. The following table shows the maximum monthly allotment allowed based on the size of the household.