18 states announced that they'll be extending the food stamp benefits. The SNAP benefits help millions of low-income families. In April 2021, the Federal Government extended $1 billion towards food stamp programs in the US. The extra billion dollars will help an estimated 25 million people in low-income households that struggle to put food on their tables. Food stamp benefits had formerly been set to expire in September 2021. Nevertheless, the vast majority of states extended their emergency SNAP benefits. Many states extended the emergency benefits through January, and some are now extending the SNAP benefits through February.

The amount of money you can get will depend on your family size. However, the bare minimum amount that households can get is $95. The average food stamp benefit has since increased to $157 per person as of October of last year. Alright, let’s get into what states are extending their emergency SNAP benefits through the month of February. Keep in mind that additional states could extend benefits during the next days or weeks. When that happens, I will release an update for you guys. So the best way to stay up to date on all things SNAP, EBT, or PEBT related is to of course hit that subscribe button.

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So the next question is how exactly do you apply?

Each state has a different method and diverse application form for all SNAP programs. So you’ll want to find your local SNAP program and ask them for details that would be relevant to your unique situation. Keep in mind that SNAP benefits are limited to people with gross incomes up to 130% of the federal poverty line. And those benefits will depend on your family size and your state of residence. Okay, moving onto the Pandemic-EBT program.

What exactly is P-EBT?

Having started in 2021, the federal program provides food benefits to families with children under the age of 6, and to those who received CalFresh Food benefits between October 2020 and August 2021. School-age children (kindergarten - 12th grade) who were eligible for free or reduced-price school meals during the 2020–21 school year are also eligible. According to SNAP Covid-19 Information, "You do not (and cannot) apply for P-EBT food benefits. P-EBT food benefits will automatically be issued to eligible children”. So how exactly do you qualify for P-EBT? The benefit applies as long as the child's school has closed or is operating with reduced in-person attendance due to Covid-19 for at least five straight days. In order to receive a free lunch under the program, students must come from households with incomes at or below 130% of the federal poverty line. And for reduced-price lunches, students must come from homes between 130% and 185% of the federal poverty line. The next question is how much can children get? The amount of children eligible to receive P-EBT benefits can vary depending on your state and in-person school attendance rate. For example, in New York, children whose attendance was cut by 1 to 12 days received a total of $82 in benefits for each month. If the child's attendance was cut for more than 12 days, this $82 amount increased to $132. So how are P-EBT food benefits issued? The SNAP Covid-19 information noted that "P-EBT food benefits will be issued as monthly in-person school attendance information provided by schools and school districts is reviewed and processed". Those eligible for the P-EBT program will receive a debit card in the mail. Once you have received the card you must create a pin. You can call the helpline here at 1-888-328-6399 to select a pin.

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