Emergency SNAP Update: For last time in February, 29 State extending additional food stamp funding

In order to provide SNAP households with a short-term financial boost during the epidemic, emergency allotments were granted.

To all SNAP households receiving less than the maximum benefit, state SNAP agencies have the authority to provide EA payments on a month-to-month basis. 

SNAP Allotments

So far, emergency SNAP allotments have been extended through February 2023 in 29 states and the District of Columbia.

States may decide to continue offering monthly emergency allotments as long as there is a national public health emergency (PHE) in effect and the state has a state-level emergency proclamation in effect. 

In addition to the District of Columbia and Guam, the following states have received exemptions from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA): Alabama, California, Colorado Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Guam, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

According to an earlier article by GOBankingRates, the emergency allotments allowed during the COVID-19 outbreak will end with the SNAP rise in February. This indicates that SNAP beneficiaries in the aforementioned states will face a reduction in their monthly payouts of at least $95.

Food Excursions

Planning budget food excursions in advance will help you be ready for decreased SNAP payments by ensuring you don’t exhaust your SNAP benefits before the month is out. You could be eligible for additional benefits like the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) to lessen some of your monthly financial responsibilities.

The following food products can be purchased using SNAP benefits: veggies and fruits, fish, poultry, and meat, dairy goods, cereals and bread, snacks and alcohol-free drinks

plants and seeds that yield food for the household to eat

Alcoholic drinks, tobacco products, vitamins, medications, dietary supplements, live animals, and other non-food goods are prohibited from being bought using SNAP funding.

Other Reports, Anti-Hunger Goal?

According to a September 2022 White House press release, the Biden administration has a bold strategy to combat food insecurity and diet-related health issues in the United States. 

Their objective is to “eliminate hunger and increase healthy eating and physical activity by 2030.” However, due to anticipated changes to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, meeting that target will be difficult.

Emergency SNAP allotments from the COVID era are scheduled to stop nationwide in March 2023, which will result in beneficiaries who were eligible for the additional funds seeing a decrease in their monthly payments of $95 or more.

The U.S. claims that several particular states have already stopped issuing emergency allocations. Ministry of Agriculture Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Wyoming are some of these.

Anti-hunger activists have warned of a potential “hunger cliff” for many of the 42 million SNAP recipients now that the emergency allotment is no longer accessible.