Through January 2023, 31 states have extended emergency SNAP allotments to all SNAP households that normally receive less than the maximum benefit.
Emergency SNAP Allotments Extended through January 2023 in 31 States
During the pandemic, emergency allotments were authorized to temporarily aid in food for SNAP households. SNAP agencies of each state issues allotments monthly to eligible households receiving less than the maximum benefit. 31 states will be extending emergency SNAP allotments through January 2023.
As stated by Yahoo Finance, the Secretary of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act related to an outbreak of COVID-19. Upon this declaration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) also granted waivers to the following states including the District of Columbia and Guam:
Alabama; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; District of Columbia; Guam; Hawaii; Illinois; Kansas; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; and Wisconsin.
Extended SNAP Allotments Means Maximum Benefits
With the extended SNAP benefits, households can now receive the maximum benefit and an additional $95 for those already receiving their maximum benefits.
SNAP has adjusted annually for inflation through COLA. For the fiscal year 2023, SNAP benefits were boosted by 12.5%. COLA started last Oct. 1, 2022, and will continue until Sept. 30, 2023. In relation, benefits increased by $104 monthly for the average family of four. $939 monthly from the previous $835 is the maximum benefit a four-person household can receive.
The following food items can be purchased using SNAP benefits: fruits and vegetables; meat, poultry, and fish; dairy products; bread and cereals; snack foods and non-alcoholic beverages; seeds and plants, which produce food for the household to eat
Be mindful of the products you purchase for there are limitations on using SNAP benefits. You can’t buy alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, vitamins, medicines, supplements, live animals, pet foods, cleaning supplies, paper products, and cosmetics.