Let’s get into this SNAP benefits update, where we are going to discuss what states have been granted waivers for extended emergency SNAP benefits in the month of June. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Emergency allotments amounts are equal to the maximum benefit for the household size, minus their monthly base benefit. State SNAP agencies can issue Emergency allotment payments on a month-to-month basis to all SNAP households that normally receive less than the maximum benefit. Households that are at or near the maximum SNAP benefit receive little or no additional support. Emergency allotments payments can be made as long as there’s a national public health emergency and the state has a state-level emergency declaration in place. The current public health emergency is set to expire on July 15th.
Currently, no COVID-19 waivers allowing the issuance of emergency allotments have been extended to any state for June 2022. However, eligible school children and children in childcare programs may receive temporary emergency food assistance (otherwise known as P-EBT) during the upcoming summer months. Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, states with an approved extension for a covered summer period can issue P-EBT benefits no matter the student’s school status, COVID-related absences, virtual learning days, or the operating status of covered child care facilities. The following states and territories have been approved to operate a P-EBT program during the 2021-22 school year: