Is Arizona Giving Extra Food Stamps This Month

Arizona is providing extra food stamps, known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, to eligible households this month. The state received approval from the federal government to issue emergency allotments, aiming to support families struggling with food insecurity during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The additional benefits will be automatically loaded onto Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards, allowing recipients to purchase food items at authorized retailers. This measure is part of Arizona’s efforts to alleviate food assistance gaps and ensure that families have access to nutritious meals during these challenging times.

Arizona Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits

The Arizona Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides food assistance to eligible individuals and families in Arizona. SNAP benefits are also known as food stamps.

SNAP Eligibility

  • Arizona residents must meet certain income and other eligibility requirements to qualify for SNAP benefits.
  • SNAP workers will apply the gross (before taxes) income rules to decide if a person is eligible for SNAP.
  • The income limits vary depending on household size and composition.
  • For example, in 2023, a one-person household can have a gross income of up to $1,720 per month and still qualify for SNAP benefits.

To apply for SNAP benefits, individuals and families can submit an application online or at a local Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) office.

SNAP Benefits Amount

The amount of SNAP benefits that a household receives depends on its size and income.

The maximum SNAP benefit amount for a one-person household in Arizona is $281 per month in 2023.

The maximum benefit levels for households with more persons are as follows:

Household SizeMaximum Benefit

SNAP benefits are provided on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, which can be used to purchase eligible food items at authorized retailers.

SNAP benefits cannot be used to purchase alcohol, tobacco, or hot foods.

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Are Arizonans Getting Extra Food Stamps This Month?

Starting February 2023, Pandemic Emergency Allotments (PEA) — which provided extra emergency funds as part of the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic — have been permanently discontinued. This means that eligible Arizona households will only receive their regular Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and will no longer receive the additional PEA funds.

What Were Pandemic Emergency Allotments (PEA)?

  • Temporary emergency funds provided to SNAP recipients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Amount of PEA varied depending on household size and income.
  • PEA funds were added to the regular SNAP benefits each month.

Why Did PEA End?

The PEA program was authorized by Congress as a temporary measure to address the economic hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program was extended several times, but it was always intended to be a temporary measure.

What Does This Mean for Arizona SNAP Recipients?

SNAP recipients in Arizona will see a decrease in their monthly benefits starting February 2023. The exact amount of the decrease will vary depending on household size and income, but it could be significant for some households.

For example, a household of four that was receiving the maximum SNAP benefit of $835 per month, including PEA, will now receive only the regular SNAP benefit of $575 per month, a decrease of $260 per month.

What Can SNAP Recipients Do to Cope with the Loss of PEA?

SNAP recipients who are struggling to cope with the loss of PEA may be able to get help from the following resources:

  • Emergency food assistance programs: Many food banks and pantries offer emergency food assistance to low-income families and individuals.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC): WIC provides nutritious food to pregnant women, new mothers, and children under the age of five.
  • School meals programs: Children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals can continue to receive those meals even after PEA ends.
Household SizeRegular SNAP BenefitPEATotal Benefit with PEA

SNAP Emergency Allotments: Arizona

Households facing food insecurity in Arizona may be eligible for additional assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). These emergency allotments were initially provided due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but have been extended through at least September 2023.

Increased SNAP Benefits

Arizona residents who qualify for SNAP will receive the maximum monthly benefit amount for their household size, regardless of their income. This means that a household of four people will receive the same amount of SNAP benefits as a household of four people with no income.


  • To be eligible for SNAP emergency allotments, households must meet the following criteria:
  • Be approved for SNAP benefits.
  • Live in a county that has been approved for SNAP emergency allotments.
  • Not be receiving the maximum SNAP benefit amount for their household size.

How to Apply

To apply for SNAP emergency allotments, households can contact their local Department of Economic Security (DES) office or apply online at the Arizona DES website.

SNAP Emergency Allotment Amounts

The amount of SNAP emergency allotments that households receive will vary depending on their household size. The following table shows the maximum SNAP emergency allotment amounts for households of different sizes:

Household SizeMaximum SNAP Emergency Allotment

Please note that these amounts are subject to change.

Current SNAP Benefits in Arizona

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federally funded program that provides food assistance to low-income individuals and families. In Arizona, SNAP benefits are distributed through Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards, which can be used to purchase food at authorized retailers.

Arizona SNAP Benefit Amounts:

  • 1 person: $281
  • 2 people: $516
  • 3 people: $740
  • 4 people: $939
  • 5 people: $1,126
  • 6 people: $1,303
  • 7 people: $1,480
  • 8 people: $1,657

For households with more than 8 people, the maximum SNAP benefit amount is $1,834.

SNAP benefits are typically issued on the 1st of each month. However, if the 1st falls on a weekend or holiday, benefits may be issued on the last business day of the previous month.

To apply for SNAP benefits, you can visit your local Department of Economic Security (DES) office or apply online at the Arizona DES website.

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Hey there, folks! Thanks for sticking with me through this deep dive into the Arizona food stamp situation. I know it can be tough to keep up with all the changes and regulations, but I hope this article has helped shed some light on the matter. If you’re still curious about anything, feel free to drop a comment below or reach out to me directly. And don’t forget to check back later for any updates or new developments. Until next time, keep your chins up and your pantries stocked!