Are They Still Adding Extra Food Stamps

Many states began providing emergency supplemental benefits to families receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits during the public health emergency. These extra benefits were scheduled to end in September 2021. In March 2022, lawmakers were considering a bill to extend these additional benefits. This bill proposed to continue the extra benefits for millions of families for an additional three months, providing crucial food assistance to those in need. However, the bill was not passed, resulting in the termination of the emergency supplemental SNAP benefits.

Emergency Allotment Extension

The Emergency Allotment Extension program offers additional food stamps (also known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits) to those facing financial hardship. Here are some details regarding the program:


  • SNAP recipients are eligible for the Emergency Allotment.
  • Households that were not receiving SNAP benefits before the pandemic may also be eligible if they meet current income and resource limits.

Benefit Amounts

  • The maximum Emergency Allotment amount is $250 per household per month.
  • The actual amount a household receives depends on their SNAP benefit amount and household size.


  • The Emergency Allotment was initially authorized through June 2022.
  • The program has been extended several times, and the current expiration date is March 2023.


  • The Emergency Allotment has provided much-needed assistance to millions of Americans struggling to afford food.
  • The program has helped reduce food insecurity and hunger rates.


  • There are concerns that the Emergency Allotment will end abruptly, leaving many families without adequate food assistance.
  • Advocates are calling for the program to be extended beyond March 2023.
March 2020Emergency Allotment authorized
June 2022Emergency Allotment initially set to expire
December 2022Emergency Allotment extended to March 2023

SNAP Benefit Enhancements

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, provides food-purchasing assistance to low-income individuals and families. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provided emergency allotments to SNAP recipients, increasing their monthly benefits. Continue reading this article to learn the latest updates regarding the extra food stamps.

Pandemic EBT

Additionally, the USDA introduced Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) benefits to support families with children who were eligible for free or reduced-price school meals during the pandemic.

  • P-EBT is currently available in most states.
  • Families with children who qualify for free or reduced-price meals may be eligible for P-EBT.
  • P-EBT benefits are loaded onto an EBT card, which can be used to purchase food at authorized retailers.

SNAP Benefit Increases

In addition to the emergency allotments, the USDA has also announced an across-the-board increase in SNAP benefits. The average monthly SNAP benefit per person will increase by $36.24, or 27.4%, starting in October 2021.

The new maximum SNAP benefit amounts are as follows:

Household SizeSNAP Benefit Amount

For households with more than eight people, the maximum benefit amount is increased by $178 for each additional person.

How to Apply for SNAP Benefits

To apply for SNAP benefits, you can:

  • Apply online at the USDA website.
  • Visit your local SNAP office.
  • Call the USDA SNAP hotline at 1-800-221-5689.


The increased SNAP benefits and P-EBT program provide much-needed assistance to low-income families and individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic. These programs help ensure that people have access to healthy food and can meet their basic nutritional needs.

Pandemic EBT Program

The Pandemic EBT Program was a temporary program initiated by the USDA, which offered food benefits to families with children who were attending school virtually or under a hybrid model due to Covid-19. The program has been discontinued, and most states ended the program in 2022. Currently, it is not adding extra food stamps.

The Pandemic EBT Program was funded by the federal government and was meant to help families offset the cost of providing meals to their children while they were not attending school in person. The amount of food stamps a family received through the program varied based on the number of children in the household and the state of residence, but the average benefit was around $125 per child per month.

Although the Pandemic EBT Program has ended, some states may still offer additional food assistance programs for families in need. Please contact your local government office or the USDA for more information about food assistance programs available in your area.

States Where the Pandemic EBT Program Is Still Available
StateProgram NameEligibility Requirements
CaliforniaSchool Meal BenefitsChildren who are enrolled in a California public school and are receiving free or reduced-price meals are eligible for the program.
New YorkFood Benefits for ChildrenChildren who are enrolled in a New York public school and are receiving free or reduced-price meals are eligible for the program.
TexasPandemic EBTChildren who are enrolled in a Texas public school and are receiving free or reduced-price meals are eligible for the program.

Child Nutrition Programs

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on food security for many families. In response, the federal government has taken steps to provide additional food assistance to those in need. One of these steps has been to increase the amount of food stamps that are available to eligible families.

Temporary Increase in Food Stamps

In March 2020, the federal government authorized a temporary increase in food stamps. This increase was initially set to expire in June 2020, but it has been extended several times. The current expiration date for the increased food stamps is September 2023.

The amount of the increase varies depending on the size of the household. For a household of four, the increase is $95 per month. This means that a family of four that was receiving $500 in food stamps per month is now receiving $595.

Eligibility for Food Stamps

To be eligible for food stamps, you must meet certain income and asset limits. The income limits are based on the federal poverty level. For a household of four, the income limit is $2,565 per month. The asset limits are also based on the federal poverty level. For a household of four, the asset limit is $2,250.

If you meet the income and asset limits, you can apply for food stamps at your local Department of Human Services office. You can also apply online at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website.

Other Child Nutrition Programs

In addition to food stamps, there are a number of other child nutrition programs that can help to provide food assistance to families. These programs include:

  • The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
  • The National School Lunch Program
  • The School Breakfast Program
  • The Summer Food Service Program
  • The Child and Adult Care Food Program

These programs provide food assistance to children and families in a variety of settings, including schools, child care centers, and summer camps.

Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)Pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age 5Food vouchers, nutrition education, and breastfeeding support
National School Lunch ProgramChildren enrolled in public or private schoolsFree or reduced-price lunches
School Breakfast ProgramChildren enrolled in public or private schoolsFree or reduced-price breakfasts
Summer Food Service ProgramChildren and teens ages 18 and underFree meals at approved sites during the summer months
Child and Adult Care Food ProgramChildren and adults who participate in child care or adult day care programsReimbursement to child care providers for meals

If you are struggling to feed your family, you may be eligible for one or more of these child nutrition programs. To learn more about these programs, you can contact your local Department of Human Services office or visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website.

Thanks for sticking with me through this wild ride of food stamp updates. I know it can be a lot to take in, but I hope you found this article helpful. If you have any more questions, feel free to drop me a line. In the meantime, keep an eye on this space for more food stamp news and updates. See you soon!