Did you get SNAP in the past but get tired of paperwork hassles? Are you unsure if you qualify?
It’s worth giving SNAP another look!
In response to the pandemic, back in 2020 Congress approved extra dollars for SNAP. These extra payments, called SNAP Emergency Allotments, are to help those receiving SNAP afford food during the public health crisis. Due to COVID-19’s continuing health threat, the Biden administration recently extended the federal Public Health Emergency for another 90 days.
This means PA and NJ will be able to issue extra SNAP to help with rising food costs at least through October (possibly longer if the PHE is extended this fall). These extra SNAP funds bring households who get only a partial SNAP benefit up to the maximum amount for their household size (see chart at right). Households that already get the maximum benefit receive an extra $95 per month.
- In PA, the extra SNAP is loaded to your EBT card in the second half of the month. See this flyer for more information.
- In NJ, the extra SNAP dollars are put on your Families First card when your regular SNAP benefits are available. For more information, click here.