Are We Going to Get Extra Food Stamps for October

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impacts, many people rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps. There’s been talk about a possible extra food stamp boost for October. While some states have received approval for emergency allotments, which are extra food stamps, the federal government has not yet made a decision. If approved, these emergency allotments would provide additional support to individuals and families facing food insecurity. However, it’s important to note that the decision is still pending, and any changes or updates will be announced by the relevant government agencies. It’s recommended to stay informed by checking official sources for the latest information.

Extra SNAP Benefits

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), previously known as food stamps, provides food-purchasing assistance to low-income individuals and families. In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government has provided additional SNAP benefits to eligible households since April 2020. These extra benefits were initially set to expire in September 2021, but they have been extended through October 2023.

The amount of extra benefits a household receives depends on their household size and income. The maximum monthly benefit for a household of four is $835. Households with fewer or more members will receive a prorated amount. To determine if you are eligible for extra SNAP benefits, contact your local SNAP office.

Increased SNAP Benefits Through October 2023

  • Extra SNAP benefits have been extended through October 2023.
  • The maximum monthly benefit for a household of four is $835.
  • Households with fewer or more members will receive a prorated amount.
  • To determine if you are eligible for extra SNAP benefits, contact your local SNAP office.

Who Is Eligible for Extra SNAP Benefits?

  • Households that are already receiving SNAP benefits
  • Households that have applied for SNAP benefits and are waiting for their application to be processed
  • Households that are not currently receiving SNAP benefits but meet the eligibility criteria

How to Apply for Extra SNAP Benefits

  • Contact your local SNAP office
  • Apply online at the USDA’s website
  • Mail a completed application to your local SNAP office
SNAP Allotment Chart for October 2023
Household SizeMaximum Allotment

The extra SNAP benefits can be used to purchase food at authorized retailers, including grocery stores, convenience stores, and farmers markets. The benefits cannot be used to purchase alcohol, tobacco, or other non-food items.

COVID-19 Pandemic SNAP Increase

In the wake of the economic challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. government implemented a temporary increase in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. This increment was part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act passed in March 2020.

The enhanced benefits were initially set to expire on June 30, 2021, but were later extended through September 2021. However, as of now, there is no official announcement regarding an extension beyond this date.

Eligibility for Increased SNAP Benefits

  • The increased SNAP benefits were available to all households receiving benefits under the regular SNAP program.
  • Households already receiving the maximum SNAP benefit amount did not receive any additional funds.

Amount of Increased SNAP Benefits

The exact amount of the increase varied depending on the household size and income. However, all eligible households received at least an additional $95 per month, and some households received more.

Impact of SNAP Increase on Food Insecurity

The increased SNAP benefits had a significant impact on food insecurity in the United States. According to a study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the increase in SNAP benefits helped lift 4.2 million people out of poverty in 2020.

Expiration of SNAP Increase and Potential Consequences

The expiration of the SNAP increase on September 30, 2021, could have a devastating impact on millions of families. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the expiration would result in:

  • 3.6 million people, including 1.5 million children, falling into poverty.
  • 2.1 million people losing access to SNAP benefits altogether.

The expiration could also worsen food insecurity in the United States, leading to more families struggling to put food on the table.


The increased SNAP benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic provided crucial support to millions of families. The expiration of these benefits could have severe consequences for food insecurity and poverty in the United States.

SNAP Benefit Increase Timeline
March 2020Families First Coronavirus Response Act passed, including temporary SNAP increase.
June 30, 2021Initial expiration date of SNAP increase.
September 2021SNAP increase extended through September 2021.

October’s Food Stamps

The boost to food stamp benefits provided during the COVID-19 pandemic came to an end in September. Let’s see if there are any additional benefits available in October.

Federal Funding for Additional Food Stamps

The pandemic’s extra funding for food stamps ran out in September 2023. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 ended the funding. In addition to ongoing changes in eligibility rules, the program has returned to pre-pandemic benefit levels.

As a result, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients saw their monthly benefits cut by an average of $95 in October.

Some states provided emergency allotments to SNAP participants in September. As a result, there is a slight increase in benefits for some households.

State Emergency Allotments

  • Arizona: $126.00
  • Arkansas: $100.00
  • California: Varies
  • Colorado: $100.00
  • Delaware: $81.00
  • District of Columbia: $100.00
  • Hawaii: $100.00
  • Idaho: $108.00
  • Kentucky: $100.00
  • Maine: $90.00
  • Maryland: $100.00
  • Massachusetts: Varies
  • Michigan: $100.00
  • Minnesota: $100.00
  • Nevada: $100.00
  • New Hampshire: $100.00
  • New Jersey: $100.00
  • New York: $100.00
  • North Carolina: $100.00
  • Oregon: $100.00
  • Pennsylvania: $100.00
  • Rhode Island: $100.00
  • Vermont: $100.00
  • Washington: $100.00
  • West Virginia: $100.00
  • Wisconsin: $100.00

These amounts are expected to continue through September 2023.