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12% SNAP Max Benefits Increase, 27 States APPROVED, Hurricane Ian Relief

The Baker-Polito Administration announced today that Massachusetts residents who receive SNAP benefits can now use their EBT SNAP benefits to buy groceries online from Shaw’s and Star Market, two supermarket chains based in Massachusetts. Did you lose food during power outages from Hurricane Ian? If you're eligible to receive SNAP benefits in impacted areas of Florida, you may be able to get it replaced. A lot of Floridians received advance SNAP benefits before Ian hit. Florida's Department of Children and Families released over $235 million in October Supplemental Nutrition Assistance benefits early, on September 27th, to more than 773,500 households (1.4 million individuals) to help with storm preparation in case families needed to evacuate and to cover non-perishable items.


If you are scheduled to receive your benefits between October 15th through October 28th, they will be issued at the regularly scheduled time. If you received early benefits, you are not eligible for mass replacements of benefits. However, if you need to replace food items lost during the storm in affected counties, you can apply online at the link shown here, or down below in the description. (https://food-assistance-replacement.myflfamilies.com/) On the other hand, if you do not currently receive Florida SNAP benefits, you can see if you're eligible and apply at the link shown here, or once again in the description. (https://www.myflorida.com/accessflorida/)


These benefits can be used to buy breads, cereals, fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, poultry, dairy, and plants and seeds to grow food for your household to eat. Governor Ned Lamont today announced that the Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS) will implement new eligibility benefit levels in the state’s SNAP program beginning October 1st, 2022, that will result in an estimated 44,000 additional Connecticut residents in 17,600 households becoming eligible for the food assistance program. Additionally, current enrollees will receive more than a 12% increase in their monthly benefits from the program’s annual cost-of-living adjustment. As for the most current list of states that have acknowledged approving waivers for extending emergency allotments through the month of October, the list is as follows. One more state since our last update.


Starting October 1st, families who receive benefits under the SNAP program, commonly known as food stamps, will see their payments increase. The benefits will automatically rise to reflect the recent changes in the cost of living due to high inflation—although there are already concerns that the increase won’t be enough. Here’s everything you need to know about the SNAP cost-of-living increase. Nearly 41 million Americans receive SNAP benefits, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As high inflation continues to push food prices upward, this year’s cost-of-living adjustment is much bigger than it was in previous years. For one person, the new maximum SNAP benefit is $281. The maximum benefit for a family of three (living in the 48 contiguous states and D.C.) will increase from $658 to $740. Keep in mind that your new monthly benefit will vary, depending on your income and any deductions for which you may qualify. Take a look at this chart, which illustrates what monthly max benefits amount you’re eligible for, based on household size and income.



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