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- COVID-19 SNAP Benefits Changes, Explained
- COVID-19 SNAP Supplements - April 2021
- LifeInCheck — SNAP EBT Card Mobile App
- New Benefit Schedule
- SNAP Benefits Increasing for Nine Months
- More Louisianans May be Eligible for SNAP
- SNAP Interviews, Simplified Reports, Redeterminations
- Dial 211 for Food Assistance
COVID-19 SNAP Benefits Changes, Explained
What You Need to Know:
There have been a lot of changes to SNAP since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, and we know it's confusing. Here is a breakdown of some information in answer to many questions we have received.
A 15% Increase in maximum SNAP allotments has been federally approved through September 2021, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
SNAP Emergency AllotmentsSNAP emergency allotments (also known as Supplements) are federally approved on a month-by-month basis, depending on the state’s status in recovering from the coronavirus pandemic.
**NEW** SNAP Emergency Allotment minimum of $95Starting in April 2021, for each month that SNAP Emergency Allotments (also known as Supplements; see above) are federally approved, households that receive less than $95 in supplemental benefits will be bumped up to $95 in supplemental benefits (on top of your regular SNAP issuance amount).
What this means:
|COVID-19 SNAP Supplements - April 2021|
DCFS has received federal approval to issue supplemental SNAP benefits for April 2021. Families who are receiving SNAP for April, but who don't already receive the maximum allotment for their household size, will receive a supplement to bring them to the max. For current SNAP recipients, the supplemental allotments are scheduled to be loaded onto EBT cards on Friday, April 9.
LifeInCheck — SNAP EBT Card Mobile App
Manage your SNAP EBT card account with the LifeInCheck mobile app.
|New Benefit Schedule - Effective February 2021|
In December, DCFS began a three-month process of transitioning its SNAP benefits schedule to distribute benefits more evenly throughout each month. Rather than receiving benefits during the 1st through 14th, SNAP households will now receive them between the 1st and 23rd of each month.
The new regular schedule, which goes into effect in February 2021, will allow for more even stocking and staffing at grocery stores and more consistent access to a variety of foods for shoppers, as households typically do their shopping on or shortly after the day their benefits are issued.
See the new schedule, along with examples that help explain what it means for you: http://dcfs.louisiana.gov/page/snap-updates-issuance-schedule-changes
|SNAP Benefits Increasing through September 2021|
As a result of recent COVID relief measures passed by the U.S. Congress, SNAP benefits are increasing up to 15% through September.
|More Louisianans May be Eligible for SNAP|
|SNAP Interviews, Simplified Reports, Redeterminations|
This fall, DCFS has been operating under federal waivers to allow staff to focus on additional applications associated with hurricanes and the pandemic. Some of these waivers will continue in 2021. Others will come to a close, as follows:
|Dial 211 for Food Assistance|
211 is an easy to remember telephone number that connects callers to information about critical health and human services available in their community.
It's single access point for details about food pantries and other food assistance sources near you.