Are We Getting Food Stamps in August

The circumstances surrounding the distribution of food stamps in August are expected to be influenced by various factors. The timing of the distribution may be affected by the availability of funds, administrative procedures, and potential changes in eligibility requirements. It’s important to stay informed about the specific guidelines and timelines set by your local or state government agencies responsible for administering the food stamp program. Keep an eye on official announcements, updates, or communications from those agencies to ensure you have the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding the distribution of food stamps in August.

Schedule by State

The exact dates for August food stamp distribution vary from state to state. Here’s a general breakdown of the schedule:

  • Alabama: August 10-24
  • Alaska: August 1-31
  • Arizona: August 1-24
  • Arkansas: August 1-31
  • California: August 1-31
  • Colorado: August 1-31
  • Connecticut: August 1-15
  • Delaware: August 1-15
  • Florida: August 1-25
  • Georgia: August 1-31
  • Hawaii: August 1-31
  • Idaho: August 1-31
  • Illinois: August 1-31
  • Indiana: August 1-31
  • Iowa: August 1-31
  • Kansas: August 1-31
  • Kentucky: August 1-15
  • Louisiana: August 1-31
  • Maine: August 1-31
  • Maryland: August 1-31
  • Massachusetts: August 17-31
  • Michigan: August 1-31
  • Minnesota: August 1-31
  • Mississippi: August 1-15
  • Missouri: August 1-31
  • Montana: August 1-31
  • Nebraska: August 1-31
  • Nevada: August 1-31
  • New Hampshire: August 1-15
  • New Jersey: August 1-15
  • New Mexico: August 1-31
  • New York: August 1-31
  • North Carolina: August 1-31
  • North Dakota: August 1-31
  • Ohio: August 1-31
  • Oklahoma: August 1-31
  • Oregon: August 1-31
  • Pennsylvania: August 1-31
  • Rhode Island: August 1-15
  • South Carolina: August 1-31
  • South Dakota: August 1-31
  • Tennessee: August 1-31
  • Texas: August 1-31
  • Utah: August 1-31
  • Vermont: August 1-31
  • Virginia: August 1-15
  • Washington: August 1-31
  • West Virginia: August 1-15
  • Wisconsin: August 1-31
  • Wyoming: August 1-31
StateDistribution Dates
AlabamaAugust 10-24
AlaskaAugust 1-31
ArizonaAugust 1-24
ArkansasAugust 1-31
CaliforniaAugust 1-31

Extended Emergency Allotments

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced in March 2023 that it would continue providing emergency allotment (EA) benefits to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients through at least September 2023. This means that eligible households will continue to receive the maximum allowable SNAP benefit for their household size, regardless of their actual benefit amount.

  • The EA is a temporary increase in SNAP benefits that was initially authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The EA has been extended several times since then, most recently by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023.
  • The FNS estimates that the EA will provide an additional $1.1 billion in SNAP benefits to approximately 42 million people each month.
Household SizeMaximum SNAP Benefit

SNAP recipients do not need to take any action to receive the EA benefits. The benefits will be automatically loaded onto their Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards each month.

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)

The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program, a federally-funded initiative, was created to provide financial assistance for food to families with children who have been affected by school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program offers vital support to ensure that children continue to receive adequate nutrition during this challenging time.


  • Households with children who are enrolled in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or who receive free or reduced-price meals through the NSLP are eligible for P-EBT.
  • Eligibility is determined based on the child’s enrollment or meal status during the school year.
  • Each state has its criteria for determining P-EBT eligibility, so it’s important to check with your state’s education or human services agency for specific details.


  • The P-EBT benefit amount is based on the number of days that the child’s school was closed and the free or reduced-price meal rate that the child was eligible for.
  • The benefit is typically provided on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, which can be used at authorized retailers to purchase eligible food items.
  • The benefit amount and distribution schedule vary from state to state.

Extension of P-EBT in Summer 2023

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023, included funding to extend P-EBT through the summer of 2023, ensuring that eligible families continue to receive this critical support during the summer months when school is typically not in session.

Additional Information

  • To find out more about P-EBT in your state, visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website or contact your state’s education or human services agency.
  • The P-EBT program is a temporary measure implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and may be subject to changes or discontinuation in the future.

Summer P-EBT Eligibility

The P-EBT program’s summer eligibility is determined by the state. States have the discretion to set their own eligibility criteria for the summer P-EBT program. Generally, states may use one of the following options:

  • Option 1: Provide summer P-EBT benefits to all students who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals during the regular school year.
  • Option 2: Provide summer P-EBT benefits to students who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals during the regular school year and who attend a school that participates in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).
  • Option 3: Provide summer P-EBT benefits to students who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals during the regular school year and who meet other criteria, such as income or participation in certain programs.

Note: States may also use other methods to determine eligibility that aligns with federal guidelines, as long as they ensure that eligible students have access to summer P-EBT benefits.

State-by-State P-EBT Information
StateSummer P-EBT EligibilityBenefit AmountDistribution Schedule
AlabamaOption 1$66 per eligible childJune and July 2023
AlaskaOption 2$50 per eligible childJune and July 2023
ArizonaOption 3$350 per eligible childJune, July, and August 2023

August 2023 Food Stamps: Temporary Loss of Income

In certain circumstances, individuals and families who have experienced a temporary loss of income may be eligible for food stamps (officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP) in August 2023.

Who is Eligible?

  • Individuals or families who have experienced a loss of income due to:
    • Unemployment
    • Reduced work hours
    • Temporary disability
    • A change in income that results in a household income below the SNAP income limit
  • Individuals or families who meet other SNAP eligibility criteria, such as:
    • Being a U.S. citizen or qualified non-citizen.
    • Meeting certain income and asset limits.

What are the Benefits?

  • SNAP provides monthly benefits that can be used to purchase food items at authorized retailers, such as grocery stores and farmers markets.
  • The amount of benefits a household receives is based on household size, income, and expenses.

How to Apply

  • To apply for SNAP, you can:
    • Apply online through your state’s SNAP website
    • Contact your local SNAP office to schedule an appointment
    • Mail a completed SNAP application to your local SNAP office
  • You will need to provide proof of identity, income, and expenses.
  • The application process can take several weeks, so it is important to apply as soon as possible.
  • Once your application is approved, you will receive a SNAP card that can be used to purchase food items.

Additional Resources

  • To find more information about SNAP, you can visit the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service website at
  • You can also contact your local SNAP office for more information.

Table: SNAP Income Limits for August 2023

Household SizeGross Monthly Income LimitNet Monthly Income Limit

Hey there! Thanks for taking the time to read our article and finding out more about the latest on the August food stamp situation. We know this can be a confusing and overwhelming topic, but we hope we were able to shed some light on it. If you still have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to your local food stamp office for more information. In the meantime, keep an eye out for our future articles where we’ll be covering more topics that could be of interest to you. Stay tuned and see you soon!