7 States Approved For Extended Emergency SNAP Food Stamp Benefits in May!

SNAP households have received emergency allotments equal to the maximum benefit for the household size, minus their monthly base benefit, since March of 2020. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, emergency allotments were authorized under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to help address temporary food needs during the pandemic. State SNAP agencies have had the option to issue emergency allotments (on a month-to-month basis) to all SNAP households if the state meets certain criteria.

As long as there’s a national public health emergency in place and the state has a state-level emergency declaration in place, states may decide to continue to provide monthly emergency allotments. Since April 2021, all households in states with these benefits have received emergency allotments of at least $95. Households will automatically receive any supplemental Emergency Allotment SNAP benefits on their EBT card. As for the list of states approved for extended emergency allotments in May, they include the District of Columbia, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Wisconsin.

In other news, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program has partnered with several organizations to provide money-match programs for when recipients purchase fruits and vegetables. In Washington state, the SNAP produce match program allows customers that purchase at least $10 in qualifying fruits and vegetables with their SNAP card, to earn $5 credit toward their next produce purchase, in which the $5 coupon will be printed at the bottom of your receipt. Qualifying foods include fruits, frozen fruits, and vegetables without added salt, fat or sugar. And this offer is available in-store or online. The state of Washington is partnering with the Food Co-op, Safeway stores, Seattle farmers markets and neighborhood grocers to bring claimants this added benefit. Another program offered in nearly every state called the Double Up Food Bucks program matches your SNAP EBT dollars when you buy qualifying fruits and vegetables. This means SNAP customers will receive double the fruits and vegetables.

Other states have their own matching programs as well. For example, South Carolina has its own matching program called Healthy Bucks. SNAP recipients who spend at least $5 with their SNAP EBT card at participating locations will receive $10 in Healthy Bucks tokens to buy additional fresh fruits and vegetables. Even residents in Alaska on SNAP are able to buy fruits and vegetables at Sitka local foods network and they'll get matching dollars, too. Keep in mind that in order to be eligible for the SNAP benefit program and affiliated state matching programs, applicants must live in the state in which they apply and meet certain bank balance limits. However, a household with someone over age 60 or a disabled household member may have a higher bank balance limit.

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