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Food stamps: 12 states announce extra $95 in SNAP for February

Millions of Americans benefit each month from food stamps, also known as SNAP benefits. This helps low income families be able to afford food.

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This February, 12 states have announced they’ll be extending their emergency food stamps to residents who qualify.

With COVID-19 still spreading, many states want to be sure their residents are taken care of.

In April of 2021, the federal government provided an extra $1 billion dollars toward food stamp programs in the United States.

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The funding helped 25 million people from low income households that needed the assistance.

Many states chose to extend emergency benefits in January, and now some are continuing it for February.

The minimum amount families will see is at least $95.

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Food stamps extended in these states

On average, people started seeing around $157 per month when President Biden permanently increased what people receive by around $30.

States extending benefits include

  • Alabama
  • Iowa
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • New Jersey
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Other states may announce their plans to extended benefits soon.

Inflation and job loss has created more issues for people seeking affordable food.

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Apply for SNAP benefits

To apply for food stamps, you need to apply in the state you reside in.

Every state has different rules and requirements, but in general your gross income needs to be up tp 130% of the federal poverty line.

The number of people in your family influences how much you’ll get as well.

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