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SNAP Updates - Temporary COVID-19 Assistance

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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.


15% Increase

A 15% Increase in maximum SNAP allotments has been federally approved through September 2021, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

  • Every month through September, each SNAP household’s monthly allotment is calculated based on a higher overall maximum. This does not mean that every household is guaranteed to receive the maximum; only that each household’s allotment is calculated based on a higher possible maximum.
  • Households who do receive the maximum monthly allotment are receiving about 15% more in SNAP benefits each month due to this increase.
  • These increased benefits are loaded onto recipients’ EBT cards on their regular SNAP benefit issuance date.

SNAP Emergency Allotments
SNAP 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.
  • For each month that the USDA Food and Nutrition Service approves these supplements, households who are not already receiving the maximum allotment for their household size will receive a supplement bringing them up to the max.
  • For each month that these emergency allotments are approved through September 2021, the supplement will bring households up to the increased (+15%) maximum.
  • These supplemental benefits are loaded on a specified date each month that they are federally approved. This date is shared each month on our website and via text message to SNAP recipients.

**NEW** SNAP Emergency Allotment minimum of $95
Starting 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:

  • If you DO NOT ordinarily receive the maximum amount for your household size, and the Emergency Allotment supplements you’ve been receiving each month are less than $95, your supplement will increase to $95 (on top of your regular benefit amount) for each month that SNAP Emergency Allotments are federally approved, starting in April 2021.
  • For example, if the supplement you received was $75, your supplement will increase by $20, to $95, for any month in which supplements are federally approved, starting in April 2021.
  • If you DO ordinarily receive the maximum amount for your household size, you will now get a $95 supplement (on top of your regular benefit amount) for each month that SNAP Emergency Allotments (supplements) are federally approved, starting in April 2021.

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