During the epidemic, millions of households received increased benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
The funding proposal was unveiled in April 2021, and it provides an additional $1 billion each month to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), which manages SNAP.
The amount of additional funds available to qualifying families is determined by their family size.
The smallest amount that can be provided is $95.
The program was intended to finish in September 2021, but it has been extended numerous times since then, most recently through July 2022.
Most states have followed suit, with at least 32 announcing that emergency SNAP benefits will continue in May.
Nonetheless, some states have decided to stop distributing further SNAP benefits in June, while others have already reduced emergency payments.
If you receive SNAP benefits and live in one of the following states, you will not receive a boosted allocation in the coming months.
States have stopped allocating emergency funds
Although the federal public health emergency was prolonged until July, several states’ emergency declarations were revoked, resulting in the termination of higher SNAP payments.
You can check the status of your state’s payments on the USDA website, however, the following states have declared that increased benefits will be discontinued:
- According to AZ Family, Arizona canceled the state emergency in March and distributed the last round of boosted checks in April; yet, more than 350,000 households saw their benefits cut.
- Florida stopped emergency SNAP allotments after removing the declared emergency in July 2021.
- Idaho’s most recent emergency allotment was distributed in March 2021.
- Indiana: After lifting the state emergency on April 16, Hoosiers will receive their final increased SNAP payment this month.
- Iowa: The Hawkeye State’s latest increased payments were sent out in March.
- Kentucky: The last increased payment was sent in April when the legislature voted to end the state emergency; WCPO-Cincinnati stated that households can expect a $215 reduction in payments.
- Massachusetts has authorized emergency payments for April but has not asked for increased payments in May or June.
- Minnesota: SNAP payments were increased for the last time in April.
- Mississippi’s enhanced allotments terminated in January after making emergency payments through 2020 and 2021.
- Missouri: Missouri paid emergency payments through August of last year.
- Montana: In July of last year, Montana halted emergency SNAP payments.
- Nebraska ended emergency allotments in July 2021, making it one of the first states to reduce increased SNAP benefits.
- North Dakota said in their application for May emergency allotments that our benefits will be phased in this month.
- Nevada: In April, the state received its final increased payment.
- South Dakota: The most recent emergency SNAP payment was received in July 2021.
- Tennessee: The state made emergency payments until 2021, but higher allotments were terminated this year.
- Vermont: On May 13, Vermont residents will get their final increased SNAP payout.
- Wyoming: Now that Wyoming’s state emergency has expired, recipients will only receive their monthly payout in May, with no increase.
How can you become eligible for SNAP?
If you want to apply for SNAP, you must do it in the state where you are currently residing.
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Although each state has its own application form, the agents at your local SNAP program should be able to assist you with the application process.
People with gross incomes up to 130 percent of the federal poverty line are often eligible for SNAP.
Your SNAP benefits will also be determined by the size of your family and the state in which you live.
The maximum allocation for a family of four, for example, is $835.
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