If you receive SNAP benefits, you may get an extra payment – a SNAP Emergency Allotment – on your EBT card later this month to help you buy food during the COVID-19 crisis.
|April 22 update: The USDA has now approved additional SNAP benefits each month for the duration of the crisis. (This will depend on how long both the federal and state government have issued an emergency or disaster declaration.) The rules have not yet changed as to who is eligible for them. We’ll be working with our allies to try to get the USDA to increase benefits for the 40% of households that were already getting the maximum. We will post updates as we have them.|
May 20 update: We have added the May and June emergency allotment issuance dates below. New SNAP applicants who are processed after the 10th of the month (or around then) will not receive their second SNAP payments that same month. Late March applicants should have received their SNAP emergency allotment in May; April’s should post sometime in June; May’s should post in July; and so on.
Only those who were not already receiving the maximum amount of food stamps will get these extra benefits.
|Household Size||Maximum Benefit|
|Each additional member||$146|
The extra payment will bring households who get a partial benefit up to the maximum benefit amount for their household size (see chart at right). If you live in Allegheny County and have any questions about your SNAP benefits, want to check your eligibility, or need help applying, call and leave your name and contact info and the best time to reach you, Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, at (412) 431-8960 x602 or by filling out the form on this page.
Will I get extra SNAP benefits?
Yes, if you:
- got SNAP in March or in the first half of April; and
- are not already getting the maximum SNAP amount for your household size. For example:
- If you are a 3 person household, the maximum benefit is $509 per month. If your family currently gets $200 per month, you will get $309 to bring you up to the maximum benefit.
Unfortunately, if you already get the maximum benefit for your household size, you will not get an extra benefit.
Just Harvest has asked federal legislative officials representing Allegheny County, Sen. Casey and Reps. Doyle and Lamb, to author a letter to the USDA to address this lack of additional support for lowest income households. It was not Congress’s intent to deny these households additional food stamps for April when it authorized a second SNAP payment in a recent bill responding to the coronavirus pandemic.
When will I get the extra SNAP benefits?
|Extra SNAP Benefits Issuance Day|
|Last digit of your record #||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||0|
|Date in May of 2nd payment||15||18||19||20||21||22||26||27||28||29|
|Date in June of 2nd payment||16||17||18||19||22||23||24||25||26||29|
Will I need to turn in paperwork or apply to get the extra SNAP benefits?
No. You don’t need to fill out extra paper work. The extra SNAP benefits will be added to your EBT card and you’ll be able to use it just like regular SNAP.
This extra benefit is a result of the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” (H.R. 6201), which was signed into law on March 18, 2020. Thanks to our ally, the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger, for laying out much of the information in this post.