May is quickly approaching, and millions of households are anticipating their next SNAP payment.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, is the nation’s largest federal nutrition assistance program. SNAP provides monthly benefits to low-income households to assist them in purchasing eligible food items at authorized locations.
Benefits are typically distributed using an electronic benefits transfer card, or EBT card, though some states may call this program something else. The Fiesta Card, for example, is the name of the New Mexico EBT card.
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The administration of the program is the responsibility of state agencies. You must apply for SNAP in your state of residence, and you must meet income and resource requirements that are updated on an annual basis. If your state has additional requirements, check with your state’s SNAP agency.
Individual states are also in charge of SNAP schedules and payment distribution. For their programs, states typically distribute payments based on the last numbers of your identification number. Some states, however, may distribute benefits on a specific date each month.
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To determine your specific payment date for SNAP benefits, go to your state’s SNAP program website. Simply enter your state’s name and “SNAP” into your search engine, and you should see a link to the agency that manages your benefits. You should also be able to sign up for SNAP benefits, check your eligibility, and find the payment schedule for your state.
Based on the public health emergency declaration during the pandemic, the US Department of Agriculture granted waivers allowing for emergency supplemental SNAP. Emergency allotments have been extended through May 2022 in the District of Columbia, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Wisconsin.