Americans have relied heavily on food stamps, or SNAP benefits, since the pandemic began and some states are offering extra benefits to their residents.
Inflation has driven the cost of food even higher, while many Americans were still getting the same amount of monthly food stamp benefits.
In Oct. of 2021, President Biden raised the amount individuals get by around $36 permanently.
This month various states have announced they’ll be extending the emergency food stamps they give to residents during a health crisis.
Food stamp changes explained
This will help 25 million people that survive on food stamps.
This expired in Sept. of 2021, but many states still chose to offer emergency benefits.
Many continued them into the new year for Jan. 2022, but some even chose to extend them into Feb.
The minimum amount families will see is an extra $95.
If families already get the maximum amount they’ll see the $95. If families aren’t seeing the max they will then receive that amount.
The following states are extending their emergency SNAP benefits in February
- New Jersey
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
- District of Columbia
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