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8 MORE STATES APPROVED!!! $95 SNAP FOOD STAMPS, P-EBT 2.0, EA EXTENDED! [MARCH 2022 UPDATE]

Now according to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, it is stated that this organization will provide more than $310 million in emergency SNAP food benefits. The allotments are expected to help more than 1.5 million Texas households, according to a recent press release. The HHSC received federal approval from the USDA to extend the maximum allowable amount of SNAP benefits to recipients based on family size. All SNAP households will continue to receive the typical minimum of $95 in emergency allotments. And this additional emergency allotment should appear in recipients’ accounts by March 31st. The emergency March allotments are in addition to the more than $6.13 billion in benefits previously provided to Texans since April 2020.


As you may already be aware, SNAP households have received emergency allotments equal to the maximum benefit for the household size, minus their monthly base benefit. And according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act authorized these emergency allotments to help address temporary food needs during the pandemic. Individual states were also granted permission to issue the supplements, as long as the federal public health emergency caused by the pandemic remained in effect. Beginning in April 2021, all households in states with these benefits have received emergency allotments of at least $95. According to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, “The emergency SNAP increases authorized by Congress last year were not being distributed equitably, and the poorest households — who have the least ability to absorb the economic shocks brought about by COVID — received little to no emergency benefit increases.


As part of President Biden’s commitment to deliver economic relief, and ensure every family can afford to put food on the table, today’s actions will provide much-needed support for those who need it most”. According to the most recent updates from the USDA.gov website, the USDA has granted waivers to the following states, allowing for the issuance of emergency allotments through March 2022:


Alabama

Arizona

Colorado

Delaware

District of Columbia

Georgia

Hawaii

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Michigan

New Jersey

New Mexico

North Carolina

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

Texas

Utah

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin


As for my fellow Californians, even though California has not been officially approved for extended SNAP benefits in March, California will still be delivering February allotments in the form of SNAP payments using an electronic benefits transfer, or EBT card, similar to other SNAP systems. This works like a prepaid debit card that is automatically filled with the recipient’s benefit amount each month. The amount of benefit loaded will be determined by the size of the qualifying household. And this card is known as the Golden State Advantage EBT card in California. It is within the first ten days of the month that SNAP benefits are distributed in California, and the precise day is determined by the last number of your case number. If your case number ends in 1, your EBT card will be filled with your benefit on March 1st, and so on. Moreover, your benefits will be given on March 10th if your case number ends in a 0.

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