The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) began sending out extra allotments during the pandemic.
However, as inflation continues to grip the United States, and the cost of groceries continues to rise, the organization have continued to use Emergency Allotments (EA) that were started during the pandemic.
When did the extra SNAP Benefits start?
As the pandemic started taking a hold of the world in March 2020, the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was passed whereby the law authorized the use of emergency allotment supplemental benefits to households receiving SNAP.
States were then given permission to issue supplemental EA SNAP benefits to households not receiving the maximum benefit for the household’s size.
In April 2021, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) changed the supplementation policy and authorized the payment of a supplement of at least 95 dollars to all households receiving SNAP benefits.
Who is eligible for the extra SNAP Benefits?
All households receiving SNAP benefits are eligible to receive EA benefits provided the state that they live allows for the additional payments to be made.
This includes households that already receive the maximum SNAP benefit amount with respect to their household size, and households that are eligible for a monthly supplement of less than 95 dollars.
However, as the pandemic recedes, states have curtailed their EA allotments, although 13 states will continue to provide additional benefits till July 15, 2022.
Which states are providing SNAP Emergency Allotments in July?
The following states will continue to provide additional payments worth at least 95 dollars in July:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
These additional funds are directly credited to the recipient’s electronic benefits transfer card (EBT).
The EBT card is used like a debit card, but has the added caveat of only working at authorized stores.