Since March of 2020, SNAP households have been receiving emergency allotments equal to the maximum benefit for their household size, minus their monthly base benefit. And for a family of 8, that maximum benefit can be as high as $1504. What’s goin on guys, Josh Baldwin here from Mad Money Millennial. Bringing you the latest news and most straight forward information out there. Now let’s into this update on SNAP benefit emergency allotments for the month of April. Now since our last update, in which I mentioned 14 states that had been approved, we have since added 19 additional states to our running list. 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 choose to continue to provide monthly emergency allotments. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra extended the COVID-19 federal public health emergency on January 16th, 2022. A public health emergency declaration lasts until the secretary declares that the public health emergency no longer exists, or upon the expiration of the 90-day period from when the public health emergency was declared. The current public health emergency is set to expire on April 16th. The USDA has granted waivers to the following states through the end of April 2022:
Alabama Arizona Colorado Delaware District of Columbia Georgia Guam Hawaii Illinois Indiana Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Michigan New Hampshire New Jersey New York North Carolina Ohio Oregon Oklahoma Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming
As many of you are already aware, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, is the largest federal nutrition assistance program in the United States. SNAP provides food-purchasing assistance for eligible low-income individuals and families. Benefits are typically paid out through an electronic benefits transfer (or EBT) card, however some states may give this program a different name. State agencies are responsible for the administration of the program and ensuring program integrity. States also determine the eligibility of individuals and households to receive SNAP benefits and have the ability to issue monthly SNAP benefit payments. Individual states are also responsible for their own SNAP payment schedules. Most states distribute funds according to the identification number for their programs, but some states may distribute all SNAP benefits on a particular day each month. For example, New Hampshire sends out benefits on the 5th of every month, but Alabama sends out benefits from the 4th to the 23rd of every month, based on the last two digits of your case number.