Are We Getting More Emergency Food Stamps

With the recent economic downturn, there has been a surge in applications for emergency food stamps. This increase in demand has put a strain on the system, leading to delays in processing applications and uncertainty for those who rely on this assistance. Many families are facing financial hardships and are unable to afford basic necessities like food. The emergency food stamp program provides temporary assistance to those in need, helping them to put food on the table and avoid hunger. The program is designed to help low-income households meet their nutritional needs during times of crisis. However, the increased demand for this assistance has created a backlog of applications, leaving many families waiting for weeks or even months before they receive the help they need.

Temporary Emergency Increase to SNAP Benefits

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 provided emergency funding to supplement SNAP benefits for eligible households through September 30, 2023. This temporary increase helps families facing increased food costs and other financial hardships due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


All households receiving SNAP benefits are automatically eligible for the emergency supplement. You do not need to apply separately or provide any additional information.

Amount of the Increase

The emergency supplement provides an additional $95 per month to one- and two-person households that already receive the maximum SNAP benefit. For larger households, the supplement ranges from $155 to $250 per month.

How to Receive the Emergency Supplement

The emergency supplement will be automatically added to your SNAP EBT card each month. You can use the supplement to purchase food at authorized retailers.

When Will the Emergency Supplement End?

The emergency supplement will end on September 30, 2023. After that date, SNAP benefits will return to the regular benefit levels.

Example of Emergency Supplement Amounts
Household SizeRegular Maximum BenefitEmergency SupplementTotal Benefit

Millions of households who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits are still being given temporary pandemic-related benefits.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has created the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program to aid those whose household incomes have been affected by the pandemic.

The P-EBT program provides benefits such as:

  • Replacing meals children received at school
  • Replacing meals adults can no longer get at day programs

Who’s eligible for supplemental Pandemic-EBT benefits?

  • Households that receive SNAP benefits, were eligible to receive SNAP benefits, or applied for but were awaiting an eligibility determination for SNAP benefits
  • Children who are enrolled in programs such as the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP), even if they are learning from home
  • Adults who attend day programs that are closed due to COVID-19

Additional information regarding eligibility criteria and guidelines is available at Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) | Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

How Much Will The P-EBT Benefits Be?

Income Eligibility GuidelinesBenefit per eligible child
SNAP households$375
Non-SNAP households$126

Emergency Food Stamps: A Breakdown

Amidst the lingering economic impacts of the pandemic, the federal government has taken steps to provide additional support to individuals and families struggling to meet their food needs. These measures include the issuance of emergency allotments for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, commonly known as food stamps.

Emergency Allotments in States and U.S Territories

  • Nationwide: As an emergency measure during the pandemic, SNAP recipients nationwide were receiving the maximum amount of benefits allotted for their household size. However, these emergency allotments were scheduled to end in June 2023.
  • Extension in Some States: Congress passed a bill in September 2023 extending emergency allotments for SNAP benefits in certain states and U.S territories, but not nationwide. The extension will continue until March 2024.
  • Eligible States and Territories: The extension applies to states and territories where an emergency or disaster declaration remains in effect. This includes states such as California, New York, and Texas, as well as Puerto Rico and Guam.
  • Distribution of Benefits: Emergency allotments are distributed to eligible SNAP recipients through their existing Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards. SNAP recipients can use their EBT cards to purchase food at authorized retailers.
  • Impact of Emergency Allotments: The extension of emergency allotments provides much-needed relief to low-income households, helping them afford an adequate supply of nutritious food during these challenging economic times.
Monthly SNAP Benefit Amounts with Emergency Allotments
Household SizeMaximum Benefit (Before Emergency Allotments)Maximum Benefit (With Emergency Allotments)
1 Person$281$939
2 People$516$1,340
3 People$740$1,709
4 People$939$2,054

Please note that the future of emergency allotments beyond March 2024 remains uncertain. Congress and the Biden administration will need to consider the ongoing economic situation and decide whether to extend or modify the program.

Monthly Maximum SNAP Benefits

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, is a federal nutrition program that provides food-purchasing assistance to low-income individuals and families. SNAP benefits are issued monthly on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, which can be used to buy food at authorized retailers.

The amount of SNAP benefits a household receives each month depends on the household’s size, income, and expenses. The maximum SNAP benefit amount for a household of one person is $250 per month. The maximum SNAP benefit amount for a household of two people is $459 per month. The maximum SNAP benefit amount for a household of three people is $658 per month. The maximum SNAP benefit amount for a household of four people is $835 per month.

Household SizeMaximum SNAP Benefit

Households with more than four people can receive additional SNAP benefits. For each additional household member, the maximum SNAP benefit amount increases by $166 per month.

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