Are We Getting Extra Food Stamps for This Month

Many individuals are wondering if they will receive additional food stamps for the month. The answer depends on where you live. Some states have been approved for extra food stamp benefits in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, while others have not. The amount of extra benefits you will receive, if any, also varies by state. To find out if you are eligible for extra food stamps in your state, you can contact your local Department of Social Services. They will be able to tell you if your state has been approved for extra benefits and how much you will receive.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Emergency Allotments

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, provides assistance to low-income individuals and families to purchase food. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress has approved the issuance of emergency allotments to SNAP recipients, which is the maximum allowable amount of food assistance benefits.

Emergency Allotment Policy

  • Emergency allotments are issued at the start of each month to all SNAP households receiving regular benefits.
  • In states that operate the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program, SNAP participants with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school may receive P-EBT benefits in addition to their SNAP benefits.

How Much Are the Emergency Allotments?

The amount of the emergency allotment is equal to the difference between the recipient’s regular SNAP benefit and the maximum SNAP benefit for their household size. The maximum SNAP benefit amounts are updated each year on July 1.

The following table provides information about current maximum benefits and emergency allotment amounts for various household sizes:

Household Size

Maximum SNAP Benefit Emergency Allotment
1 $ 281 $ 146
2 $ 459 $ 237
3 $ 658 $ 331
4 $ 835 $ 418
5 $ 1,011 $ 505
6 $ 1,164 $ 582
7 $ 1,303 $ 651
8 $ 1,441 $ 715

When Will the Emergency Allotments End?

The emergency allotments will continue to be issued until the end of the month in which the COVID-19 public health emergency ends. The public health emergency is currently scheduled to end in January 2023, but it could be extended.

How Do I Find Out if I’m Eligible for Emergency Allotments?

If you are currently receiving SNAP benefits, you are automatically eligible for emergency allotments. You do not need to apply or take any action to receive the extra funds. The emergency allotments will be loaded onto your SNAP EBT card at the same time as your regular SNAP benefits.

To learn more about SNAP emergency allotments, you can visit the USDA Food and Nutrition Service website or contact your local SNAP office.

SNAP Benefit Adjustments During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the lives of millions of Americans. To help families cope with the economic fallout of the pandemic, the US government implemented a number of changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps.

  • Emergency Allotments: Starting in April 2020, the government authorized emergency SNAP allotments for all households receiving benefits. These additional benefits were provided each month until September 2021, when they were discontinued in most states due to federal budget cuts.
  • Increased Benefit Amounts: In addition to the emergency allotments, SNAP benefit amounts were increased by 15% from October 2021 to September 2023. This increase was made possible by the American Rescue Plan Act, a federal law passed in March 2021.
  • Expanded Eligibility: During the pandemic, the government also expanded eligibility for SNAP benefits. This included waiving certain asset limits and income requirements for households affected by COVID-19.

As a result of these changes, millions of families across the country received additional food assistance during the pandemic. However, it is important to note that the emergency allotments and increased benefit amounts were temporary measures. The future of SNAP benefits beyond September 2023 is uncertain and will depend on decisions made by Congress and the Biden administration.

Table Summarizing SNAP Benefit Adjustments During the COVID-19 Pandemic:

Measure Start Date End Date
Emergency SNAP Allotments April 2020 September 2021
Increased Benefit Amounts October 2021 September 2023
Expanded Eligibility April 2020 End date varies by state

Additional SNAP Payments

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federally funded program that provides food assistance to low-income individuals and families. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has authorized additional SNAP benefits known as emergency allotments for the duration of the public health emergency. These additional benefits are meant to help SNAP recipients cover the increased cost of food during the pandemic.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act passed in March 2020 ensured that ALL SNAP households received the maximum benefit amount for their household size. This increase, more commonly referred to as emergency allotments, continued until September 2021 when benefits returned to pre-pandemic levels for most households.


To be eligible for additional SNAP benefits, households must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a current SNAP recipient.
  • Reside in a state or U.S. territory that has been granted approval from USDA for emergency allotments.
  • Meet the SNAP income and asset limits.

To check up-to-date information on the emergency allotments or to see if your state is participating, visit the USDA’s website.

SNAP eligibility requirements vary from state to state. To apply for SNAP, contact your local SNAP office or visit the USDA’s website.

Extra Food Stamps: Disbursement Dates

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps, is a federal program that provides food assistance to low-income individuals and families. In response to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has authorized the issuance of supplemental SNAP benefits for eligible recipients.

The disbursement dates for extra SNAP benefits vary by state. Here’s the schedule for some states:

State Disbursement Date
Alabama August 20, 2023
Alaska August 15, 2023
Arizona August 8, 2023
Arkansas August 1, 2023
California August 28, 2023
  • The extra SNAP benefits are being provided on a temporary basis and may not be issued every month.
  • To check the status of your SNAP benefits or the amount of your extra benefits, contact your local SNAP office or visit the USDA’s website.

Thanks, y’all, for taking the time to read about the latest on the extra food stamps situation. I know it’s been a confusing and frustrating time for many, and I hope this article has helped to clear things up a bit. If you have any more questions, feel free to leave a comment below or send me an email. And don’t forget to check back later for updates. Take care, and I’ll see y’all next time!