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.
|The USDA has 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.|
July 17 update: Just Harvest wrote a declaration that Community Legal Services of Philadelphia included in their lawsuit against the USDA for denying these extra SNAP benefits to the poorest households (those already receiving the maximum). We will post updates on this as we have them.
July 22 update: We have added the August emergency allotment issuance dates below.
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?
The extra SNAP will be loaded to your EBT card during the 3rd and 4th weeks of every month based on your payment date. For residents in Allegheny County, the payment date is based on the last number in your case record number.
- Find the final digit (0-9) of your record number on a DHS notice, or using your MyCOMPASS Account online. Find your number on the top row of the chart below.
- For example, if your record number ends in 5, you’ll get your extra August SNAP benefits on August 20.
If you recently were approved for SNAP benefits, the extra SNAP benefits may not appear on your card in the month that you were approved. Because the state schedules these payments early in the month, people who are approved later in the month do not typically receive the extra allotment that same month. If this happens, you should receive a makeup payment two months afterwards when they identify households who were missed.
- For example, if you are approved for benefits on July 14th, you might not receive the extra payment in July, but start receiving the extra payments in the second half of August. You should receive a makeup payment for July’s extra benefits in September; late August applicants should receive their SNAP emergency allotment for that month in October, and so on.
|Extra SNAP Benefits Issuance Day|
|Last digit of your record #||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||0|
|Date in July of 2nd payment||17||20||21||22||23||24||27||28||29||30|
|Date in August of 2nd payment||18||19||20||21||24||25||26||27||28||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.