Emergency allotments were authorized under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to help address temporary food needs of SNAP households during the pandemic. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, EA amounts are equal to the maximum benefit for the household size, minus their monthly base benefit.
State SNAP agencies can issue EA payments on a month-to-month basis to all SNAP households that normally receive less than the maximum benefit. Households that are at or near the maximum SNAP benefit receive little or no additional support.
As long as there’s a national public health emergency (PHE) in place — and the state has a state-level emergency declaration in place — states may choose to continue to provide monthly emergency allotments. Public health emergencies are extended for 90 days at a time, and the current PHE is set to expire on October 13.
COVID-19 waivers allowing the issuance of emergency allotments have been extended for some states through August 2022. Eligible school children and children in child care programs may also receive temporary emergency food assistance (P-EBT) during the upcoming summer months.
Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the FFCRA), states with an approved extension for a covered summer period can issue P-EBT benefits no matter the student’s school status, COVID-related absences, virtual learning days or the operating status of covered child care facilities.
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The following states and territories have been approved to operate a P-EBT program during summer 2022 and/or to extend emergency SNAP allotments through August:
- District of Columbia
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Puerto Rico
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
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