Emergency allotments were allowed under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to assist SNAP families to meet temporary food requirements during the epidemic, according to the US Department of Agriculture. EA amounts are calculated by subtracting the maximum benefit for the household size from the monthly base benefit.
All SNAP families who receive less than the maximum benefit may obtain emergency allotments from state SNAP organizations on a month-to-month basis. Households on or near the maximum SNAP benefit, on the other hand, get little or no extra assistance.
States may opt to continue providing monthly emergency allotments as long as a national public health emergency, or PHE, is in effect — and the state has declared an emergency at the state level.
Secretary Xavier Becerra of the US Department of Health and Human Services has prolonged the COVID-19 federal public health emergency through April 16. A PHE declaration is valid for 90 days or until the secretary announces that the PHE is no longer valid. On July 15, the existing PHE will expire.
Through the end of May 2022, the USDA has granted exemptions to the following states:
- The District of Columbia
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
In places where these benefits are available, all families will receive emergency allotments of at least $95. Households getting $95 or more will receive the same amount in the future.