Are We Still Getting Extra Food Stamps

Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the emergency allotments that increased the amount of food stamps received by millions of Americans are set to expire. This means that many households will see a significant decrease in their monthly food assistance starting March 2023. With inflation still affecting food prices, the end of these extra benefits may pose financial challenges for families who rely on SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) to put food on the table.

Pandemic EBT Options to Help Families

The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program provides extra food assistance to families with children who have been affected by school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic. P-EBT benefits are available in addition to regular Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

Who is eligible for P-EBT?

  • Children who are enrolled in school and receive free or reduced-price meals
  • Children who are eligible for Head Start or Early Head Start
  • Children who are enrolled in a private school and meet the income eligibility criteria for free or reduced-price meals
  • Children who are homeless, migrant, or runaway

How much P-EBT will I receive?

The amount of P-EBT you receive will depend on the number of children in your household and the number of days that schools were closed in your area.

Number of ChildrenAmount of P-EBT per Child
1$194 per day
2$390 per day
3$586 per day
4$782 per day
5$978 per day
6$1,174 per day
7$1,370 per day
8$1,566 per day

How do I apply for P-EBT?

To apply for P-EBT, you will need to contact your state’s P-EBT office. The application process varies from state to state, but you will typically need to provide the following information:

  • Your child’s name and date of birth
  • Your child’s school or Head Start program
  • Your income information
  • Your bank account information (if you want to receive your benefits through direct deposit)

How will I receive my P-EBT benefits?

You will receive your P-EBT benefits through a special EBT card. The card will be mailed to you or you may be able to pick it up at a local office. You can use your EBT card to purchase food at authorized retailers.

What can I buy with my P-EBT benefits?

You can use your P-EBT benefits to purchase any food items that are eligible for SNAP benefits. This includes:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meat, poultry, and fish
  • Dairy products
  • Bread and cereal
  • Snacks

How long will I receive P-EBT benefits?

You will receive P-EBT benefits for as long as your child’s school is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is expected to end on September 30, 2023.

Current Food Stamps Benefits

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, provides monthly benefits to low-income individuals and families to help them purchase food. The amount of benefits a household receives is based on their income, household size, and living expenses, among other factors. Currently, the average monthly SNAP benefit is $250 per person.

In addition to the regular SNAP benefits, households may also receive additional benefits during certain times of the year, such as during the summer months or in the lead-up to major holidays. For example, in 2023, households in 48 states and Washington, D.C., received an extra $95 in SNAP benefits per month in February, March, and April. These funds were available in areas where states are using federal waivers that allow for higher and simpler emergency SNAP allotments.

Future Food Stamps Benefits

The future of SNAP benefits is uncertain. The program has been subject to numerous changes and cuts in recent years, and there are concerns that these cuts will continue in the future.

One of the biggest challenges facing SNAP is the increasing cost of food. In recent years, the cost of food has been rising faster than the rate of inflation, making it more difficult for SNAP recipients to afford healthy and nutritious meals.

Another challenge is the rising number of people who are eligible for SNAP benefits. As the economy worsens, more and more people are finding themselves unable to afford food. This is putting a strain on SNAP’s resources and making it more difficult for the program to provide benefits to everyone who needs them.

Table of SNAP Benefits

The following table provides a summary of SNAP benefits in different states:

StateAverage Monthly BenefitAdditional Benefits

Food Stamp Benefit Extended Through June 2023

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended the emergency allotment of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits through June 2023. This means that millions of low-income households will continue to receive extra food benefits to help them purchase groceries during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The emergency allotment provides an additional $95 in SNAP benefits to households that receive the maximum benefit amount.
  • Households that receive less than the maximum benefit amount will receive an increase of at least $95.
  • The emergency allotment will be added to SNAP Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards on the same day that households normally receive their benefits.

The extension of the emergency allotment is a welcome relief for many families who are struggling to make ends meet. The USDA estimates that the extra food benefits have helped to reduce food insecurity by 40% among households with children.

SNAP Benefits for Households of Various Sizes
Household SizeMaximum Monthly Benefit (with Emergency Allotment)
1 person$281
2 people$516
3 people$740
4 people$939
5 people$1,126
6 people$1,313
7 people$1,496
8 people$1,679

The USDA has also announced that it will be providing additional funding to states to help them administer the SNAP program. This funding will be used to hire more staff, improve customer service, and expand access to online and mobile applications for SNAP benefits.

Who is Eligible for Extra Food Stamp Benefits?

To be eligible for the emergency allotment of SNAP benefits, households must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled in SNAP
  • Have a gross income at or below 130% of the federal poverty level
  • Have net income at or below 100% of the federal poverty level

Households that meet these criteria will automatically receive the extra food benefits. They do not need to apply or take any special action.

Ending of Emergency Food Stamps Allotments

The emergency food stamps allotments, provided during the COVID-19 pandemic, are gradually ending. It brings substantial modifications to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in 2023. Understanding the changes and planning accordingly is essential for individuals and families benefiting from the program.

Key Points:

  • Emergency SNAP Allotments:
    • Temporary increase in SNAP benefits provided during the COVID-19 pandemic
    • Started in March 2020, ending in February 2023
  • Maximum Monthly SNAP Benefits (for individuals):
    • Before pandemic: $194
    • During pandemic (February 2023): $939
  • Gradually Phasing Out:
    • March 2023: Partial reduction in emergency allotments
    • May 2023: Most states end emergency allotments
    • June 2023: All states end emergency allotments
  • SNAP Eligibility Remains the Same:
    • No changes to income or asset limits for SNAP eligibility

Gradual Phase-Out Schedule:

MonthEmergency SNAP AllotmentsMaximum Monthly SNAP Benefits (for individuals)
Before Pandemic$0$194
February 2023$939$939
March 2023Partial ReductionTBD
May 2023Most States End AllotmentsTBD
June 2023All States End AllotmentsTBD

Impact on Individuals and Families:

  • Reduced SNAP benefits may affect food budgets and access to nutritious meals.
  • Supplemental nutrition programs and local food banks can provide support.


With the emergency SNAP allotments ending, it’s crucial for individuals and families to understand the changes and plan accordingly. By reaching out to local resources and exploring alternative food assistance options, impacted individuals can navigate these modifications effectively.

Alright folks, that’s all for today’s deep dive into the extra food stamp saga. I know it’s been a wild ride, and I appreciate you hanging on with me through all the twists and turns. As always, the situation can change in the blink of an eye, so make sure to check back and see what’s new. In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for any updates that might come our way. And remember, if you or someone you know needs a helping hand, there are resources available. Let’s look out for each other and make sure everyone has enough to eat. Thanks for reading, and I’ll catch ya next time!