How to Determine if Your State Will Increase Food Stamp Funding in May

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According to the US Department of Agriculture, emergency allotments were authorized under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to assist SNAP households in meeting temporary food needs during the pandemic. The maximum benefit for the household size is subtracted from the monthly base benefit to calculate EA amounts.

Monthly emergency allotments are available to all SNAP households that receive less than the maximum benefit from state SNAP agencies. Households receiving or close to receiving the maximum SNAP benefit, on the other hand, receive little or no additional assistance.

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States may continue to provide monthly emergency allotments as long as a national public health emergency, or PHE, is in effect and the state has declared an emergency.

U.S. The Department of Health and Human Services’ Secretary Xavier Becerra has extended the COVID-19 federal public health emergency until April 16. A PHE declaration is valid for 90 days, or until the secretary declares it invalid. The current PHE will expire on July 15.

Which states are getting extra EA SNAP benefits?

All households in states where these benefits are available will receive emergency allotments of at least $95. Households receiving $95 or more will continue to receive the same amount. Supplemental EA SNAP benefits will be distributed in the form of state EBT cards that can be used to purchase eligible foods at authorized retailers.

The USDA has granted waivers to the following states until May 31, 2022:

  • The city of Washington, D.C.
  • State of New Hampshire
  • State of New Jersey
  • North Carolina (NC)
  • Oregon
  • Providence, Rhode Island
  • South Carolina (SC)
  • Wisconsin

What SNAP benefits are available in other states?

According to the US Census Bureau, while eligibility requirements and benefit levels are consistent across all states with the exception of Alaska and Hawaii, the method by which benefits are calculated can vary significantly from one state to the next.

The following is an alphabetical list of each state’s SNAP participation rate, according to the most recent data from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Alabama

$129 monthly benefit

727,000 recipients

15% of the population receives SNAP benefits.

Alaska

$181 monthly benefit

85,000 recipients

SNAP recipients make up 12% of the population.

Arizona

$130 monthly benefit

797,000 recipients

SNAP recipients make up 11% of the population.

Arkansas

The monthly benefit is $108.

355,000 recipients

SNAP recipients make up 12% of the population.

California

$141 monthly benefit

3.79 million recipients

10% of the population receives SNAP benefits.

Colorado

$128 monthly benefit

450,000 recipients

SNAP recipients make up 8% of the population.

Connecticut

$143 per month in benefits

368,000 recipients

10% of the population receives SNAP benefits.

Delaware

$124 monthly benefit

129,000 recipients

SNAP recipients make up 13% of the population.

The District of Columbia

$142 per month in benefits

94,000 recipients

SNAP recipients make up 13% of the population.

Florida

$127 monthly benefit

2.85 million recipients

SNAP recipients make up 13% of the population.

Georgia

$132 monthly benefit

1.42 million recipients

SNAP recipients make up 13% of the population.

Hawaii

$258 monthly benefit

157,000 recipients

SNAP recipients make up 11% of the population.

Idaho

$118 monthly benefit

146,000 recipients

SNAP recipients make up 8% of the population.

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Illinois

$135 monthly benefit

1.77 million recipients

14 percent of the population receives SNAP benefits.

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